Management and International Business - MSc

Full Time
September 2017, January 2018
£7,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), our Management and International Business course teaches you the fundamental skills and attributes you need to become a successful international manager. You’ll become adept at strategic and tactical business decisions, understanding international cultural differences, and managing and motivating staff in businesses on an international scale. 

You will experience working in internationally diverse student team based projects collaborating to deliver effective and professional reports and presentations as part of module assessments reflecting the professional practice of international management.  Throughout the course, the programme team will give you the support you need to realise your potential and we look forward to working with you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for the career of your choice.

What's covered in the course?

Initially in the first stage, you will examine the key challenges faced by global businesses to fully appreciate the complexity and dynamics of leadership and management practice. This will see you broaden your skills in organisation, communication and working with others, particularly within an increasingly diverse cultural context.

During the second stage of your course, you will begin to explore the complexity of international operations management integrated with corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the role of innovation.You’ll be taught international strategy while also developing your research skills in preparation for your major project.

The final core Major Project module is tailored to your career aspirations. The module provides three project options;

  • A work-based study route enabling you to relate the project to a current employer;
  • A ‘consultancy project’ option where you find a client who has an international business problem that you feel you can solve;
  • A traditional dissertation involving an in-depth exploration of both the theory and practice of international business using primary research.

Whatever route you choose, it will give you the opportunity to identify a topic and industry of your choice related to your specialist area of International Business tailoring your degree to enhance your employability for your final chosen career destination. Previous projects have involved International marketing strategy, global supply chain management in the food sector and sustainability issues in the sourcing of cotton.

Why Choose Us?

  • You will develop fundamental skills in business management while having the opportunity to gain enhanced and specialist expertise to help you enter the complex and challenging field of international business operations.
  • On graduating you will receive an industry recognised professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
  • You will work alongside a diverse range of international students giving a real experience of what it is like to work and collaborate with your peers from a range of diverse cultures from Europe, Nigeria, India, China, Vietnam and North America .
  • You will have the opportunity to visit a leading service or manufacturing company to gain insight into the complexity of real world global operations, such as Jaguar Land Rover.
  • You will be supported with Business English language diagnostics and tutor support to help improve you in the international language of business.
  • You’ll be taught by highly qualified module tutors with significant professional practice experience of a range of management and international business roles.
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This course is open to International students

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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 £10,280 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

We require one of the following:

UK students
Essential - Entry on to Stage One (12 month)

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

Essential - Entry on to Stage One (15 Month)

A maximum of a pass (Third) degree from a British university or equivalent institution or an equivalent graduate-level qualification from an overseas university or equivalent institution.

Essential - Entry on to Stage Two

A Postgraduate Certificate (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 60 credits) in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance, marketing or entrepreneurship) 

Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Certificate meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage

Essential - Entry on to Stage Three

A Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 120 credits)* in a business subject aligned with the chosen pathway (international business, finance or marketing).

Candidates will be required to submit an extended application to evidence how their Postgraduate Diploma meets the programme learning outcomes at the equivalent stage. 

Candidates will be required to have passed a research methods module (Level 7 or equivalent, minimum value of 20 credits)* and will be required to submit an original Dissertation Proposal that has been passed by the Programme Team prior to admission approval.


*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, with no score less than 5.5 in any one component. 

International Students

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2017 FT 1 Year £7,900 per year
MSc Sep 2017 FT 15 months £7,900
MSc Jan 2018 FT 1 Year £7,900 per year

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 2017 FT 1 Year £12,000 per year
MSc Sep 2017 FT 15 months £12,000
MSc Jan 2018 FT 1 Year £12,000 per year

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.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

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

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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?

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Stage One

Managerial Finance
20 credits

This module aims to develop your understanding of the main financial objective of the firm i.e. wealth maximisation and how it is achieved through alignment of financial decisions under constraints from within and outside the organisation. The module covers topics such as financial statements analysis, budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, time value money, investment appraisal, working capital management, sources of capital and choice of capital structure. You will be able to understand and apply key concepts and theories in accounting and finance and assess the implications of financial decisions for a business firm.

The Integrated Business
20 credits

The module will explore in detail the integrated nature of business functions focusing specifically on marketing and operations. It will give you both a foundation in what business is and how it operates using these two key functional to provide an integrated view of business. The relationships between demand generation and management and the consequential operational implications for production and supply chain management are exposed to ensure you will fully understand the complexity of matching supply-side to demand-side requirements.

Leadership Development
20 credits

This module will provide you with an opportunity to engage and consider contemporary issues in leadership from both UK and international perspectives and how leaders address these within organisations. The module will enable you to develop a critical insight and outlook in order to explore relevant solutions for organisational effectiveness and success. Focusing on challenges faced by leaders and how to address these challenges is a key component of this module. Overall the module will enable you to develop your leadership potential, best practice and through peer assessment gain an insight into a range of business issues that impact on employees.

If you are studying on the 15 month version of the course, you will also study the below module.

Enhancing Skills for Postgraduate Study

This module is designed to support you in your transition to Masters-level education at Birmingham City University. You will explore your study skills necessary for academic success by giving you a chance to audit your skills and your readiness for study. You will be required to develop and demonstrate active learning in class and you will receive immediate feedback on your work to help you develop. You will be required to build an ePortfolio to showcase your specific qualities and skills whilst also identifying your plan to improve and development them.

Stage Two

International Strategic Management
20 credits

International Strategic Management is a core module for all MSc Management pathways. Strategy is a field that breaks you out of a functional perspective and integrates the functional Stage 1 themes of finance, marketing, leadership and operations to offer a holistic view of an organisation, be that a small or medium sized business or a large corporation in an international context. The exploration of the key strategy concepts in this module reflects the key elements in strategic management and it follows the strategic analysis process. Key components are discussed with up-to-date and international examples and a case study is used to tie these elements together and for application of the concepts discussed. 

International Operations Strategy and Innovations
20 credits

The module is designed to enable students to gain an understanding of the strategic issues associated with managing the operations of international companies in a changing international business environment, to help them develop a critical appreciation of the operational problems of an international company from the viewpoint of the major business functions. In addition, the module is designed to provide students with a thorough grounding on how organisations might deal with various aspects of innovation and how the development of a robust strategy for innovation can lead to sustainable competitive advantage.

Optional Modules
20 credits

You will have the choice of studying one of the following two courses:

Research Project Practice 

This module reflects the fact that so much of the role of managers is related to researching, devising, planning, implementing and evaluating projects in a multitude of contexts.  Project management combines a series of skills, tools and disciplines that help guide people and organisations to effective outcomes.  Many of the ideas and techniques will at first seem familiar as they involve needs identification, research planning, information gathering, data analysis, decision making, implementation and control.  This module integrates these various concepts and challenges you to develop and apply your knowledge and skills in a chosen organisation context.

Research Methods Practice

The module is designed to give you the research skills and insights necessary for the study and investigation of business organisations and business-related data.  These skills will impact directly on your ability to understanding and evaluating information from a variety of sources and where appropriate undertake primary research.  You will become aware of the many tools and techniques that can help judge and interpret research outcomes. Research will be presented as a process to be managed and requiring a number of decisions.  You will be introduced to subject matter that will allow you to make informed choices with regards to research methodology and the implementation of quantitative or qualitative approaches.

Stage Three

Cross Cultural Management
20 credits

This module examines the task of management in today's international and global business environment in general.  Specifically, it develops your skills to be able to critically examine the key tasks of management and the theories that underpin them and to advance your understanding and skills in the international business area through a critical understanding of the cross-cultural context of business.  By the end of this module, you should be able to develop mastery and criticality through your advanced understanding and skills, and to consider the appropriateness of theory, models and concepts to differing cultural environments.

Major Project
40 credits

The Major Project provides the practical and theoretical focus for the MSc Management programme and is the culmination of your programme of study. The aim of this module is to provide a framework for you to undertake a substantial piece of disciplinary-relevant research. This module will enable you to build on and develop your professional management skills such as project management, problem solving, critical analysis and synthesis of data to produce appropriate research outcomes.  The format of this practice-led module will vary dependent on the degree pathway you are on. This is a significant piece of project work, the topic of which needs to be agreed with the course team in line with your chosen pathway before you can start work and could take one of the following formats (based on your chosen pathway subject area):

  • Consultancy Project
  • Dissertation
  • Work Based Improvement Project 

This module is highly relevant to your future career, enabling you to choose a topic that is tailored to your career aspirations whilst providing you with the essential skills on which to base managerial judgement and decision making.

Please note that work- based study and consultancy project options are subject to immigration rules.

Course Structure

The course runs for 12 months (full-time, September or January start), or 15 months (full time, September start) and is split into three stages, each lasting at least 10 weeks (with Stage One taking place over two terms on the 15 month pathway only). Assessment is of a practical nature, including assignments, reports, presentations and examinations.

Each module consists a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, online interactive activities and assessments.  Typically each module is taught on a weekly basis during term time, consisting of three hours per module per week split into one, two or three-hour sessions. A total of 9 contact hours per week is typical over a 10 week period for Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 3 will consist of three hours of contact time per week, supplemented with project supervision meetings as and when required for the Major Project.

Each 20-credit module is designed to require 200 hours of study, of which 30 hours or more will be via direct contact with module tutors. The remaining time will consist of independent learning, which will be structured with guidance from the module tutor to incorporate activities such as online learning, reading and group or team based work.

Emphasis will be placed on the group as a resource for learning. There will be group discussion of practical management situations and problems, making use of case studies, problem situations and scenarios and, where relevant, the participants' own experiences.  

Assessment on the programme is designed to be an integral part of your learning process, enhancing and demonstrating your knowledge and practice. Formative feedback will be provided to you through a combination of self-reflection, peer group and tutor feedback. Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to you have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules.

Assessment within the modules will take various forms, including coursework assignments, reports, controlled assessment, examinations and the dissertation or project. You may be required to defend the dissertation or project through a viva, drawing on the skills developed in the programme.

All of our Management pathways have professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), as well as ensuring the courses are relevant and cutting edge, it means you will receive a CMI QCF Level 7 Certificate in addition to the Master’s degree upon graduating.

You will be provided with CMI membership for the duration of the course, benefitting from full access to Management Direct, CMI’s market-leading online support tool for managers and leaders. You’ll also be eligible for the CMI’s mentoring scheme and have the opportunity to attend events, helping you network and create industry links.

*Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016

Enhancing employability skills

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Take part in a funded company visit to a leading company, such as Jaguar Land Rover, one of the most successful and lucrative businesses in the world.
  • Choose to deliver a work-based study project or consultancy project in the final stage of the course using a current employer or a client you find yourself.
  • Seek support and engage with events and activities provided by Birmingham City University’s careers service.
  • Take part in Birmingham City University’s Graduate Plus scheme.
  • Receive employment advice and support via your Personal Tutor.

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 Major Project will also look good on your CV. 

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.


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!”

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

“I was attracted to the course as it offered different perspectives in an area I wanted to study. The course combines both theory and practical to cover issues in local, national and international contexts, and Master’s-level teaching has exposed me to the critical thinking and problem-solving skills I needed."

“The best part of my course is the opportunity to see and learn from different people around the world, opening my mind up to thinking. The course is definitely living up to my expectations, as it has exposed me to a different kind of learning environment and experience that I never had in my previous study.”

-    Masni Mat Dong (Malaysia, graduated 2016)

“Every lecturer and staff member at the University has significant professional experience and academic knowledge. They have not only taught us using study material, but have also given us a real-time exposure to apply the knowledge while sitting in the classroom. We received extensive support from University staff and I am thankful for that.”

-    Snehanshu Saini (India, graduated 2016)

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