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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

International Management

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Bristol Business School
One year
Full-time, starts January and September
Programme leader:
Dr Vikas Kumar
Key fact:
This is our largest postgraduate course in terms of student numbers, with over 80 students signing up every year. Whatever your background or UG degree subject area, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully perform a management role in a global context.

Page last updated 21 March 2018


All organisations need effective leadership, and managers who can demonstrate an awareness of global business issues alongside this will always be sought after by employers. This one-year, full-time MSc in International Management will give you the expertise, knowledge and skills that are required to perform a managerial role in an international organisation.

Whether this is a career change or career enhancement, the course will lift you above other candidates in the jobs market and equip you to go into a wide range of positions, not just nationally but on a global scale.

Advanced business skills

The course is designed to give you a solid grounding in the knowledge, and analytical and research skills, to be able to work successfully in an international environment with modules covering everything from globalisation to managing people in an international context. There is also a comprehensive personal development programme to equip you with the self management and problem solving skills that are essential for managerial roles.

An international perspective

This popular course attracts talented students from all over the world. You'll be learning alongside people from different nations, cultures and academic backgrounds offering an ideal preparation for working in a global business environment.

Backed by leading research

Informed by the latest research, our teaching draws heavily on current, real-world examples. You'll become part of the faculty so have the chance to take part in research seminars with your tutors, as well as hearing from influential speakers and guest lecturers from industry, who will share their expertise and insights with you.

A Pre-Sessional English programme is available to enable non-native English speakers to improve their communication and study skills before starting the course.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



To gain an MSc International Management you will need to achieve 180 credits.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Analysis - allows you to become familiar with economics and strategy terminology and develop an understanding of strategic analysis and practice
  • Managing Finance - develops your understanding of the principles and techniques of information management and managing finance to support decision making in a global context
  • Management Research - provides you with the research training sufficient to plan, undertake and manage effectively a dissertation
  • International Management - focuses on the management challenges associated with developing strategies and managing the operations of companies whose activities stretch across national boundaries
  • Globalisation - focuses on the concepts, structures and dynamics of globalisation, and problems and perspectives of global capitalism
  • Delivering Customer Requirements - introduces you to marketing and operations management knowledge in the context of understanding customers. We'll look at how to fulfil customers' requirements in ways that give greatest value to both the customers and the organisation
  • People and Organisations in an International Context - explores the challenges, tensions and issues involved in the complex relationships between people and organisations.

In addition, you will study one optional module* from the list below:

  • Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Global Marketing
  • Asian Management
  • Digital Business Information Systems.

Masters dissertation

To achieve a Masters, you must complete a dissertation which gives you the chance to research an area of international management which is of particular interest to you and relevant to your career or company.

Previous dissertation topics include:

  • Theories and Determinants of Capital Structure. Evidence from UK Panel Data
  • A Critical Analysis of the Perceptions of Employees from Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana on Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Website Quality An Assessment Tool Proposal.

If you decide to leave the course early, then you may be able to earn one of two interim awards.

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate International Management you will need to study four compulsory modules (60 credits), including International Management or Globalisation.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma Business Management you will need to study all the compulsory modules plus one optional module (120 credits), including International Management and Globalisation.

* The availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will begin by learning core information-gathering and presentation skills, including library research and use of web-based resources. You will use in-depth business case studies to learn about the problems of decision making in international organisations and the challenges of working in teams.

You'll learn though formal classes and seminars, as well as through group work and independent study. The work will include assignments, exercises, case studies and presentations, with an emphasis on independent learning to develop your problem-solving skills.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

This course lasts 12 months, with an average of 15 hours of teaching scheduled a week.

Study support

If you have been out of higher education for a while, we provide skills sessions to help prepare you for studying again as well as sessions for non-native English speakers.


Assessment is through supervised mini-projects, presentations, time-constrained assignments and examinations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

You will benefit from a number of study facilities to enhance your learning experience. This includes an excellent library, which is particularly well equipped for serving the needs of business students. Resources include books, print and electronic journals, magazines, government publications, newspapers, market reports and videos.

The University is also investing in new facilities, including a £50m project to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building, which will provide a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment for business and law students.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.


Meet leaders of industry

As a student at Bristol Business School, you will have the opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. Our inspirational line up of speakers has included Dr Mike Kinski, Operational Managing Director of Terra Firma who spoke on 'Management of Change in Business'. Read more about the speakers you can hear from at the Business School.


Careers / Further study

The MSc in International Management at Bristol Business School will give you the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in international management, with the opportunity to work not just nationally, but on a global scale.

We have a high employability rate on this course, with many of our graduates going on to work in high profile and specialist roles within international management. You'll be equipped to go into a varied range of positions, such as international project manager, international sales manager, service manager, communications manager, product manager, retail programme manager and business development manager.

Many of our graduates also choose to continue their studies to PhD level.

Events and workshops are available while you are studying with us to develop your personal and management skills, and support your career development.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.


Full Time (September Start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)750
International-Full Time-Award Fee13250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1104

Full Time (January Start)

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)750
International-Full Time-Award Fee13250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1104

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.

See details of scholarship opportunities for international students.


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Entry requirements

You will need a an honours degree of 2.2 or above in any subject.

English Language
If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component. For further details please visit our English Language requirements page.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Deadline for application:
The deadline for applying for this course is three weeks before the start date.

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