With the world's economy now tied globally, international business expertise is more sought after than ever as it enables organisations to succeed in a highly competitive marketplace. Our course will prepare you for a management position in international business or aid your organisation's international aspirations.
Our challenging MA will suit those who have taken a career break to study or those wishing to open opportunities for career progression to an advanced level - in managing and in an international context. Gaining industry knowledge in such a multicultural arena, means the issues you will focus on, all of which affect international business markets, will be met with opinions of a diverse nature. This in turn will aid your learning capabilities from an international context and point of view.
You will gain in-depth knowledge about the constant changes to this business field and their impact on international business environments. Our aim is to equip you with effective management and operational processes that will enable you to move into appointed managerial positions. In addition, you will also acquire in-depth and valuable knowledge and understanding of international entrepreneurial activity.
This MA will expand your knowledge and understanding of the theories that inform contemporary international business practice. Your decision-making abilities will be developed in the context of complex business environments initialising your ability to participate in different operations. You will gain the necessary skills to enable you to manage people and organisational activities in dynamic environments and manage products and services within international markets.
For students who are new to advanced level education, we offer a wide range of support, including designated slots for one-to-one meetings with teaching staff, English Language support and a variety of learning methods. We can also provide alternative study plans to accommodate an unusual work schedule. With your theoretical and practical background coupled with your expertise in international business, you will be able to apply for roles such as Advertising Manager, Business Consultant, Business Economist and Retail Area Manager.
For more information about entry requirements and fees view the programme specification
You will attend workshops, seminars, lectures and talks by guest speakers, and further your understanding through class discussions and work on case studies. In your own time you will use online learning resources and do your own research, directed reading and independent study – there will be some sessions on research methods. Some coursework and research will be done in groups. You will also work on your own dissertation.
You will be assessed through exams and your dissertation, as well as other pieces of individual and group coursework and presentations. You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course, including your assessed coursework.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
This International Business Management course opens the doors to a number of exciting career paths, both in the UK, EU and internationally, with career progression. The course produces managers and executives whose theoretical and practical expertise will prepare them for the modern challenges of business. Our graduates have progressed to roles in prestigious organisations including Larkspur Training, Chelsea FC, Chase Anderson, Manpower, Southwark Council, SEI Investments and M&S.
As 81% of employers value employability skills over type or class of degree, it’s essential you develop these while studying and utilise our Employability Service on campus. We provide one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters and interview techniques. We offer part-time, internships and graduate roles plus webinars, workshops and events and a support service to those wishing to start their own business.
Tran Hoai Thu, MA International Business Management
"I spent a year studying the MA International Business Management at Middlesex University in 2010. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life that has laid the ground for my career ahead.
First to mention is the enthusiasm and devotion of the tutors and lecturers to the students. They not only inspire the students through their lectures but also know how to encourage us to contribute our private ideas to diversify the lesson. They are not rigid or conservative but always appreciate any new discovery from students, which leads to exciting class discussions in which everyone wants to share their views. This confidence is such a key factor for the future managers like us that I am now bringing it into play at work and in life. Teamwork is another advantage you will learn from this course. Teams are randomly selected, so you have a chance to work with different people from various countries, which enables you to broaden your knowledge of culture and working styles.
After this MA course I came back to Vietnam, my home country, to start my career. I applied for the position of Personal Assistant (PA) to the Executive Assistant Manager (EAM) at Inter Continental Hanoi Westlake as it is a strong brand internationally and they offered an attractive salary. I passed two writing tests and then the three final candidates had an interview directly with the EAM. Thanks to the confidence and knowledge learned from Middlesex University, I got the job.
In this position, I am a coordinator for most departments, such as sales & marketing, human resources, revenue and other managers in the hotel, so I have overall knowledge of them all. Having my MA in International Business Management, which covers four main modules including international business management, marketing, HR and statistics, adds huge value to my job. Additionally, in this international working environment I have an opportunity to work with diverse national colleagues which is no longer strange to me since I got acquainted with various working styles during the course."
Despo Georgiou, MA International Business Management
"I decided to do a postgraduate course to enhance my management skills and develop as a business executive. Middlesex University was recommended to me by one of my undergraduate professors in Cyprus, who studied at Middlesex.
The aspects of my course that I enjoyed most were the participation in workshops and seminars which helped to heighten my awareness of cross cultural contexts, and the enhancement of my research skills, particularly developing strategies to evaluate which products or services will succeed and where in the global marketplace.
As part of the course I am developing advanced skills in analysis and critical evaluation, including decision making in the context of international business environments. I am also learning appropriate research skills that particularly apply to international business, as well as collaborating with people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
I chose this course as it relates both to my past work experience and to my plans to continue to contribute to international business in the future, especially as most businesses now engage in international markets. Developing knowledge and skills to engage ever more effectively in international business is truly a lifelong endeavour."
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MA/PG Dip/PG Cert International Business Management
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate. The fees below refer to the 2016/17 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full time course fees 2015||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees 2015*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£68 (per taught credit) |
£34 (per dissertation credit)
|£88 (per taught credit) |
£44 (per dissertation credit)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||£68 (per taught credit)||£88 (per taught credit)|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||£68 (per taught credit)||£88 (per taught credit)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.