MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate International Management

Entry year
Course code
Bristol Business School
One year full-time (including 3-5 day field trip); Two years with a placement (September starters).
Full-time; one year starts January and September, two years starts September.
Programme leader
Dr Anabela Da Silva Filipe Soares

This course is open for applications. To apply, please visit the Entry section below.

Please note: the placement route for this course is now suspended for applications to start in September 2020.

Page last updated 3 August 2020


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.

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:

Evaluating the Global Context - covers the external economic, social and strategic challenges that impact on firms operating across borders. It will provide concepts and frameworks to enable you to analyse the environment in which multinational organisations operate and link the insight gained to strategic and operational decisions.

The Strategic Context - introduces you to management challenges that impacts on international operations of firms. You will explore different approaches and perceptions that shape businesses and enable you to analyse the environment where multinational companies operate and link insight gained to strategic and operational decisions.

Research in a Global Business Environment - introduces you to the importance of gaining and using knowledge and evidence to inform management decision-making and academic study. You will also gain an understanding of markets, financial tools and techniques to support financial decision making. It is designed to equip you with knowledge and skills to collect, critically evaluate, interpret and apply cross-disciplinary knowledge in international management and operate as a professional.

People and Global Organisations - provides you with a critical and enquiring understanding of people and organisations in an international context. It will introduce you to a range of organisational behaviour and human resource management theoretical perspectives and empirical research. You will develop an ability to explore a variety of perspectives to analyse people working in a cross-cultural context.

The Service Concept: Design and Delivery - provides an understanding of services marketing and operations, from planning to implementation. You will be introduced to a variety of key topics, such as: customers and competitors; designing and implementing products and services; managing customer strategy.

Personal and Professional Development Programme - is a spine module that applies a practice-focused teaching and learning approach. Through the vehicle of a team-based business simulation you will be able to link your learning experiences with practice. You will further develop your interpersonal and communication skills. Emphasis is placed on the relevance and applicability of knowledge to your own individual professional and academic development with respect to your future careers in the international business domain.

Dissertation - you have the option to choose between traditional dissertation or consultancy/client based project (subject to project availability and meeting client needs).  

In addition, you will study three optional modules from the list below:

  • Leadership
  • Global Marketing
  • Digital Business Information Systems
  • International Project Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation  
  • Management Consultancy
  • Managing Change.

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change. 

Master's dissertation

To achieve a master's, 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. An example of a past dissertation topic includes:

  • A Critical Analysis of the Perceptions of Employees from Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana on Corporate Social Responsibility.

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 a field trip) or 24 months (with a placement). The taught component has an average of 15 hours of teaching scheduled a week. Students are also expected to conduct independent study and prepare for each session to be able to engage in meaningful discussions.

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.



The MSc International Management is offered as either a one year intensive course, or as a two year course which includes a work placement opportunity.

One year (full time with field trip)

The one year course will particularly appeal to those students who want to gain a postgraduate qualification, graduate and progress their career within 12 months. This course includes a 3-5 days field trip, the purpose of which is to give you a hands-on, intensive experience of working in a global business environment in different organisations and agencies.

The tuition fee includes the cost of flights, accommodation and tours for the field trip. However, you should allow up to £250 for meals and Visa costs related to the field trip. Please note that it is the responsibility of each individual student to guarantee that they have the necessary Visa and any other remaining documentation required for travelling. If you have any queries with regards to Visa applications, please visit the Visa Support Team.

Two year (full time with placement)

For those starting the course in September you can apply for the two year option where you will have the opportunity to complete a work placement as part of your course. This option will appeal to students who wish to enhance their career opportunities through applying their knowledge in practice and enhancing the skills they will need to be successful after graduation.

The placement component is up to 12 months in duration and will commence after you have successfully completed the taught modules. The University will offer you expert guidance and support in finding a placement, but ultimately the responsibility for securing the placement lies with you. We cannot therefore guarantee that you will complete a placement, just provide you with the opportunity to do so.

As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's Tier 4 visa.

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 has also invested in new facilities, including the Faculty of Business and Law building, which provides a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment for business and law students.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol 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.


Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.

See details of scholarship opportunities for international students.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2020. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Entry requirements

You will need 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.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

How to apply

Apply to study this course over one year from September 2020.

Apply to study this course over one year from January 2021.

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

For further information