Management and International Business - MSc

Full Time
September 2016, January 2017
£7,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

With the economic environment always changing and developing, our Management and International Business MSc trains you to become an adaptable, flexible and versatile manager. You’ll develop skills in communication, strategy and business, and you’ll examine internationally orientated organisations and devise plans for them to stay relevant.

Professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) ensures our course is fresh and relevant, and our past graduates have gone to work with established companies including Lloyds Business Group.

Our graduates have secured jobs as personal bankers and store managers officers – as well as more diverse roles such as project officers.
They work for companies such as Lloyds Banking Group and Lidl.

What's covered in the course?

Our Management and International Business course provides the opportunity to combine the theory and practice of management with the completion of an in-depth dissertation on international business. You’ll become adept at strategic tactical business decisions, understanding cultural differences, and managing and motivating staff on an international scale.

The course will provide you with the skills employers really value, so it is the perfect option if you want to change career direction or move up the corporate ladder. Previous graduates have secured jobs as personal bankers, project officers and event invest managers, for companies including G4S and Explicit Empire Entertainment.

We examine strategic and tactical business decisions throughout international business, while appreciating the complexity and dynamics of management. This will see you broaden your skills in organisation, communication and working with others, particularly within a diverse cultural background.

Assessing the task of management in today’s international business environment, our course closely examines theories of cultural difference and the application of effective management practices to different cultural contexts.

If you’re considering studying the MSc Management and International Business pathway, you have the option to study it for either 12, 15 or 18 months. The 12-month course starts in September, with the 15-month course starting in January. The 18-month pathway has different eligibility criteria, and is only open to those who got a pass or third at undergraduate level.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our accreditation from the CMI ensures we have the best industry links, as well as keeping our courses fresh and relevant.
  • Birmingham is a vibrant, multicultural city, with an array of museums, galleries, music venues and restaurants. Get more information about life in Birmingham.
  • The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found we have doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
  • Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
  • You’ll work alongside students from around the globe, creating a diverse, exciting atmosphere and a range of ideas.
  • We provide English language diagnostics and tutor support to help improve you in the international language of business.
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This course is open to International students

£1,500 scholarship for all international students
who enrol full-time on this course starting Jan 2017
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Explicit Empire Entertainment
  • G4S

And in jobs such as:

  • General Manager
  • Event Invest Management

New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

Entry Requirements

We require one of the following:

UK students

An honours degree of a British University or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2)

An equivalent graduate level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution (minimum 2:2)

A pre-masters programme approved by Birmingham City University

A pre-masters programme with a minimum of 55% average

Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language requirements

International students must be able to furnish satisfactory evidence of a level of attainment in English Language commensurate with study at Master’s level in the University.

In most cases, this will be a minimum TOEFL score of 575 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 average.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 12 months £7,500
FT 18 months £7,500
Jan 2017 FT 15 months £7,500

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 12 months £12,000
FT 18 months £12,000
Jan 2017 FT 15 months £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage one

Managerial Finance
15 credits

This module helps you to develop a critical understanding of the financial objectives of the firm. You’ll be introduced to main accounting concepts and theories in order to undertake budgeting, financial control and evaluating financial performance. You’ll learn about a company’s investment and capital financing decisions, accounting ratios and how to interpret them, and company financial reporting under the International GAAP method.

Marketing Management
15 credits

You’ll be introduced to the core concepts of a market-orientated company, including theory and practice of consumer behaviour, marketing operations, tactics, budgeting, planning and strategy. You’ll be provided with problem-based case studies covering a variety of consumer and business contexts on a weekly basis, and you can work in teams to present your solutions.

Operations Management
15 credits

Here, you’ll explore the diverse range of activities that comprise the area of operations and process management tasks, issues and decisions. These three components are key to managing internal processes within organisations and across global supply chains. Topics include resource planning and control, learn synchronisation, quality management and operations and process design.

Individual and People Management

This module provides a starting point for you to understand human resource management, to develop skills in recruitment and selection, negotiation, induction and team management. You’ll self-manage your studies, with a view to develop Personal Development Plans (PDP) to enhance your management practice. There will be a wide range of global perspectives from different organisational structures, industries and cultures.

Extended Postgraduate Induction (18 month route only)
0 credits

If you study the 18 month programme, you’ll undertake this module to enable you to better manage the transition from undergraduate studies to UK Masters-level education. The module provides a comprehensive introduction to the skills of critical enquiry and analysis, with opportunities for frequent formative feedback using diagnostic tests and weekly practice of a range of essential academic skills.

Stage two

Research Practice

This module will develop your social research skills in areas that will be relevant to your dissertation or project module, and you’ll be able to identify ways and means of investigating and solving management research problems. By the end of the module, you’ll be expected to submit a topic outline for your dissertation.

International Strategic Management
15 credits

You will examine the strategic decisions that international businesses make from within a rational framework, that is, the economic, market, finance and resource-based constraints that affect this decision-making process. You’ll look at how internationally orientated organisations remain competitive within their ever-changing, demanding international environment. The module addresses this process from the perspectives of strategic analysis, development and implementation.

International Operations Management Strategies
15 credits

You’ll build on your knowledge of operations management, as well as exploring the complexity of international business operations. The module will develop your understanding of outsourcing, sustainable operations, foreign direct investment decisions and strategic operations management. You’ll also look at the interaction of contextual forces impacting on an international organisation’s operational capability.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation
15 credits

This module focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation in a number of contexts and scenarios, highlighting the complexity of managing a small business in a globally competitive environment. You’ll learn about the key concepts of entrepreneurship and product innovation, family business, business start-up growth strategies and new business planning.

Stage three

Cross Cultural Management
15 credits

This module critically examines the tasks of management, along with the theories that underpin them, in today’s global business environment. You’ll learn how to communicate across cultures, motivate staff and manage teams. It’s an opportunity to develop a culturally contingent approach, so you can choose the most effective management style for your future career.

Trips and visits

If you study on our International Business programme, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a funded visit to Jaguar Land Rover, one of the most successful and lucrative businesses in the world. It will be a great chance for you to take in a bustling, creative atmosphere, as well as network with managers and get some employability information.

The visit is also linked to the International Operations Management Strategies module, in which you can write up a case study of an organisation.

30 credits

The dissertation is a piece of independent research where you can examine an area of your interest in greater detail. You’ll develop your topic outline from the stage two Research Practice module into a full proposal, producing a small-scale, high-quality professional research project. You’ll be supported throughout this by an individual supervisor, providing opportunities for feedback through one-to-one interaction.

Course Structure

Our course is perfectly balanced to blend management with international business, ensuring you learn important skills from both disciplines. The dissertation will also help you develop your attributes in research, organisation and time management - three skills that are desirable to every employer.

We allow graduates from diverse disciplines, or those seeking continuing professional development, to gain access to the study of business with a specialist area.

The course is split into three stages, with exit points at each one. Assessment is of a practical nature, including assignments, reports, presentations and examinations.

Further Study

Further study opportunities include MPhil and PhD programmes.

*Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016

Student stories Akilhesh Jain

Marketing Manager

After graduating from the University in 2005, Akhilesh had the option of staying in the UK to join a multinational company or joining his family business in India and helping them grow to greater heights.

He decided to go back to the family business, insurance broker and wealth management specialists Trinity Group, as he felt the need to be in a growing market.

Enhancing employability skills

Our graduates have obtained employment in management positions, or have set up their own successful businesses. Former students are employed in managerial positions across the globe, including land management (Kenya), manufacturing (China), HR (Germany), finance (Canada), insurance (France) and teaching (India, UK and Sri Lanka).

You’ll learn new perspectives on a changing business world, enabling you to provide employers with relevant and cutting-edge information. The research skills you develop doing your dissertation will also look good on your CV.

Postgraduates earn an average £8,000 per year more than those with just undergraduate degrees*. A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you’ll have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

* CBI 2015.

Coming soon

A new Management MSc pathway is set to commence in September 2016. The Management and Entrepreneurship MSc will provide an innovative gateway into starting your own business. It involves developing a legitimate business plan that you can use to start your company. If you’re an international student, an effective business plan and £2,000 can see you be granted an entrepreneurship Visa.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Our students have blossomed in jobs due to our course’s in-depth study of management, business and the international marketplace.

One such graduate is Akilhesh Jain, who upon graduating had the opportunity to join a multinational company or join his family business in India. Electing for the latter, he joined as a marketing manager for his family’s Trinity Group business. He is now Vice Chairman of their reinsurance broking company, as well as leading their strategy and planning.

He now has 200 people working under him, manages six domestic and two foreign offices and the company now has a turnover of $40 million. “Birmingham City University is one of the best universities in England for people seeking an International Business management course,” he said. “The course gave me confidence and belief in my ability, and has made me what I am today!”

January 2016 scholarships

January scholarships

We have a range of scholarships available for students starting in January 2016.

Find out more

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

Lili Huang chose us as her place of study for two reasons – the high teaching standards and our excellent location.

“I enjoyed my studies very much,” she said. “The most exciting things were the travelling arrangements made for us – it was a good way to make friends and get familiar with the country and its culture. Over the course of my studies, there has been plenty careers advice for me, as well as excellent facilities and helpful tutors.”

£1,500 scholarship for all international students
who enrol full-time on this course starting Jan 2017

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our management and international business course is most popular with international students from:

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Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Barny Morris

Associate Professor (Business) and Programme Manager for MSc Management

Barny Morris has worked at senior level on advertising accounts for companies such as Sony, SEGA, Turtlewax and PZ Cussons. Barny is the MSc Management Course Director, and is currently working on research and in-company teaching projects within the hospitality sector on service design and marketing with companies such as Greene King, Saint Gobain and Mitchells & Butler.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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+44 (0)121 331 6295