International Business Management MSc

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Develop a mastery of international business contexts and start a global career in management. Graduate as an in-demand candidate with international appeal.

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MSc International Business Management is for those that want to progress their career in international business and management anywhere in the globe.

The course will strengthen your critical understanding of the international business environment, trade and strategy. Regular guest speakers and expert tutors bring their knowledge of employability and the requirements of business in a global context.

You will explore international trade, strategy, strategic foresight, leadership skills, business analytics, marketing management and cross cultural management. You will also be guided in your final piece of work; a dissertation on an international business management topic of your choosing.

The University of Sunderland Business School is associated with the following bodies:

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Principles for Responsible Management Education


European Foundation for Management Development


Chartered Association of Business Schools

Upcoming start dates
24 February 2020
12 October 2020

Why us?

  • 'World-leading' research in Business, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Our Business and Administrative Studies courses, which include MSc International Business Management, were ranked 1st for Skills Development and 5th for Overall Satisfaction out of 61 institutions in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019 (PTES)
  • Sunderland Business School is a member of The Chartered Association of Business Schools

Course structure

A range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars and group work will be used to encourage you to develop intellectual and cognitive skills. All methods will employ to some extent the features like didactic exposition, interactive sessions, research and directed private study.

Case study-based learning is employed throughout the course and is intended to enable you to develop, inter alia, the ability to identify the issues in need of research, apply subject specific knowledge to a realistic and/or practical context, make critical judgments of the merits of a particular argument and present and make reasoned choices between alternative solutions.

The case studies may take the form of real cases or issues in debate at any given moment in time or may be hypothetical problems which are reflective of realistic problems. 

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent reading and research.

Modules on this course include:

Core modules

  • Markets and Marketing in a Digital World (30 credits)
  • Global Strategy and Foresight (30 credits)
  • Contemporary International Human Resource Management (30 credits)
  • MSc IBM Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Managing Sustainability and Operational Excellence (30 credits)
  • Finance and Project Management (30 credits)
  • Management Information Systems: Business by Design (30 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Library Services - St Peter's Library
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You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need a 2:2 honours degree or above in any discipline.

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

Fees and finance

2019/20 fees are:

  • £6,000 if you are from the UK / EU and studying full-time
  • £12,500 if you are an international student and studying full-time
  • £361 per 10 credits if you are from the UK / EU and studying part-time

2020/21 fees are:

  • £6,250 if you are from the UK / EU and studying full-time
  • £13,000 if you are an international student and studying full-time
  • £375 per 10 credits if you are from the UK / EU and studying part-time

Please note, part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


When you graduate from this course you will have excellent business skills and you’ll be ready to step into a leadership or management role in a wide variety of industries. Multinational corporations need managers and business leaders who have an international outlook and can work across the global economy. MSc International Business Management is an excellent choice for those that desire to work in international business.

Some of the companies which employ our Business graduates include: Microsoft, IBM, Nike, Adidas, P&G, Lloyds TSB, Marriott Hotels, and the NHS.

Guest speakers

We invite business leaders into the University to share their experiences with students. Past speakers include Divine Chocolate’s Head of Sales and Marketing and Sunderland Football Club’s CEO.

Learning from business professionals can be very useful if you’re not sure what career to pursue when you graduate. If you already have a plan for your career, these events are an excellent way to start building a network of business contacts.

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