Master of Business Administration in International Management, M.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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The International Management programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. Our intensive AMBA-accredited MBA programme is designed to help you build effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a network of international associates.


The MBA evolves with the changing needs of a competitive economic environment and our teaching is based on high-quality research.

The International Management programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. Our intensive AMBA-accredited MBA programme is designed to help you build effective management skills, understand management within the global context and develop a network of international associates.

Our MBA will provide you with
  • detailed knowledge relating to problems of management in different contexts;
  • conceptual tools for analysing management in the private or public sector;
  • critical awareness of research methodologies;
  • a learning environment where students will use their experience of organisations to engage with and challenge both the theoretical and case material;
  • an environment where students can work together on new intellectual and management problems.
Why choose this course?
  • the MBA is a degree that is recognised all over the world.
  • the Royal Holloway MBA is an intensive one year programme, accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
  • our international student cohort, from a wide range of business backgrounds, provides you with excellent network opportunities globally.
Employability & career opportunities

The RHUL MBA is a rigorous and challenging programme which sets out to ensure that its graduates are ready for the challenges inherent in making their next step towards senior management roles.

  • Associate Director (Global Strategic Growth Markets) at Ernst and Young
  • Senior Chain Manager and Buyer at Jaguar Landrover
  • Senior Commercial Manager at Everything Everywhere
  • Financial Analyst EMEA at Shell International Petroleum Company
  • Marketing Manager at Wrigley Jr Company
Career planning and development therefore forms an integral part of the Royal Holloway MBA. The Personal Development Programme is an important feature of the Royal Holloway MBA and is fully integrated into the core curriculum, ensuring that students have:
  • continual access to individual careers coaching
  • up-to-date job market information
  • corporate speaker sessions
  • skills workshops.

These services are provided by the School of Management in collaboration with The Careers Group, University of London – one of the biggest careers services in Europe.

The MBA Personal Development Portfolio is designed to build on the management skills you already have. The module incorporates training in presentation skills, CV writing, interview technique, negotiation, leadership, handling conflict and dealing with the media.

Our MBA Corporate Speakers are business leaders from a wide range of sectors. Previous speakers have come from:
  • HSBC
  • Nomura
  • Xerox
  • Microsoft
  • DHL
  • Continental
  • Reuters
  • Capital One
  • Cap Gemini
The MBA Careers Adviser is available throughout the year for individual careers coaching. Sessions take place at regular hours during the week, and students are free to book as many sessions as they require.

Programme Structure

Core course units

International Business Economics

  • demonstrate an understanding of economic analysis and reasoning relevant within a business context.
  • display an appreciation of the economic underpinnings of business strategy through the theory of the firm and markets
  • evaluate how various models of competitive analysis can be used to assess strategic behaviour
  • formulate and respond to differing competitive scenarios at the firm level
  • apply presentation and analytical skills to develop argument and evidence to support evaluations.

International Information Systems

  • explore strategic issues in international information systems and ways in which organisations might strengthen their competitive position through the use of well-designed and well-managed information systems.
  • Examine examine the concept of an information systems strategy, and the need to align it with business strategies and to evaluate some of the more widely used IS planning frameworks.

International Operations Management

  • learn to explain the importance of operations management to the success of an internationally operating organisation.
  • identify the challenges posed for the management of an organisation’s operations from operating internationally
  • analyse the strategic impact of key operations management decision areas in international operations
  • explore the likely challenges posed for international operations by potential future changes in the business environment.

International Business Strategy

  • evaluate the factors that need to be considered in analysing a firm’s external environment.
  • learn to evaluate the internal core competencies of a firm; formulate strategy for a firm; understand the nature of corporate strategy
  • understand the nature of international strategy.

Leadership & Behaviour in Organisations

  • gain an understanding of relationships between leadership, management and administration.
  • study transactional and transforming leadership; leadership and the management of culture and meaning; groups, teams and organisations; dysfunctional forms of leadership; organisational politics; and business ethics, morality and sustainability. Furthermore, you will also learn about the management of diversity and difference.

International Human Resource Management

  • gain a detailed understanding of the key analytical concepts and models in international human resource management.
  • acquire an understanding of the implications of changes in the global organisation of firms and the international workforce for human resource management policy choices.
  • evaluate the different approaches to, and strategies for, managing employees in international business activities.

International Marketing

  • acquire an understanding of the historical development of managerial marketing thought – from its roots in classical economics in the USA to the normative tradition promoted by academics/consultants including Drucker, Levitt and Kotler in journals such as the HBR.
  • learn to demonstrate an understanding of popular normative marketing concepts such as the Mix and STP through application in practical case scenarios.

International Accounting & Finance

  • discuss the role of accounting information in external and internal decision making.
  • learn to understand the properties of profit and the main techniques for measuring it and will discuss the nature and role of the major financial statements, prepare basic financial statements, and become familiar with different regional and national influences on financial reporting requirements and expectations.

Business Research Methods

  • learn to understand and apply the basic principles underlying ‘good’ business research methodologies – for instance, relevant interviewing and questionnaire survey techniques to gather data.
  • be able to devise and critically assess various research designs and explain, produce, and display descriptive statistics from various data sets.

Philosophy of Management

  • evaluate the factors that need to be considered in analysing a firm’s management philosophy.
  • describe how philosophy is relevant to, and impacts upon, the management, organisation and operation of a business; identify and address central philosophical issues posed by management theory and practice
  • define and practise the methods of philosophy such as conceptual analysis, identification of presuppositions, assessment of knowledge claims and arguments, and ethical reasoning.

Personal Development Portfolio and Business Consultancy Project

This course will focus on combining your theoretical knowledge and previous business experience to deal with high level business issues currently facing the corporate world. Through a series of training sessions, you will:

  • work collaboratively to improve upon your public speaking, networking and presentation skills and also learn how to deal with the media. Our dedicated MBA Careers Advisor will also work with you to help enhance your CV and interview technique.
  • be responsible for collating your own portfolio of work for this course which can be demonstrated to potential employers.

This course will also cover the analytical skills you will require for the Business Consultancy project which is the culmination of the taught elements of our MBA programme.

Elective course units

You will study four elective course units. In the past the following have been offered:

  • Advertising & Promotional Communication
  • Business Ethics
  • Commercial Dispute Settlement
  • Digital Media Marketing
  • International Cooperative Strategy
  • Management of Japanese Multinationals
  • Multinational Enterprise & Global Economy
  • International Investment Management
  • International Corporate Finance
  • International Business Analysis
  • International Perspectives on Corporate Governance
  • Knowledge Management
  • International Economic Law
  • Global Financial Markets
  • International Sustainability Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Research
  • International Public Sector Management
On completion of the course graduates will have
  • cognitive skills of critical thinking, synthesis, and other forms of qualitative analysis
  • effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • numeric and quantitative skills, including data analysis, interpretation and extrapolation
  • developed effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, individual initiative and enterprise
  • self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures and business and management issues
  • interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion, presentation and team-work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • IELTS 7.0 overall, with writing 6.0 and no other subscore lower than 5.5


  • Pearson Test of English 69 overall, with writing 54 and no other subscore lower than 51


  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) with ISE IV

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Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

You will have three or more years full-time work experience, which includes evidence of responsibility for supervising or managing other people as a line manager or project lead.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 20800 International
  • GBP 20800 EU/EEA


Fees & funding for postgraduate students
Funding postgraduate study needs careful planning and we advise you check the various sources of finance available at an early stage in your application. All postgraduate taught courses have an annual fee and you’ll also need to take into account your living costs.
Postgraduate student loans
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has now confirmed details of student loans of up to £10,000 for postgraduate study. Masters degrees in all disciplines and subject areas will be covered by the new postgraduate loans scheme, which will be administered by Student Finance England. Loans will be available in plenty of time for the 2016/17 academic year.
Bursaries and scholarships

We also directly support 100 postgraduate students through a variety of scholarships, bursaries and assistantships. Our sources of funding page gives you a full list and eligibility criteria for these awards, which vary in the level of funding provided. Some cover both tuition fees and living expenses in full: others make a contribution towards a portion of the cost of study. In some cases, a combination of funding is possible, for example if a Departmental Assistantship is held with a Research Scholarship.

As well as our awards, a wide range of funding is open to postgraduate students from different sources. Competition for these awards is intense and there are often strict deadlines. Our Directors of Graduate Studies in each department will offer guidance on how to make an application.

We also provide financial advice and support to ensure your time here is as stress-free as possible when it comes to money.

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