M.Sc. International Business and Management

University of Bedfordshire | Luton, United Kingdom
This course offers you the opportunity to develop a particular strength in the management of international business issues.

Description of International Business and Management


This course offers you the opportunity to develop a particular strength in the management of international business issues.

You will focus on strategic areas of marketing management and finance, as well as international markets and the developing patterns of world trade invaluable for those who wish to work in the global marketplace.

You will develop the skills required to adopt appropriate strategic responses to different market environments through the study of organisations. You will also understand the impact of contextual forces on organisations, including legal systems, corporate governance and ethical, economic and environmental change issues.

You will develop your knowledge of the financing of organisations including the sources, uses and management of finance and the use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting.

You will also study the management and development of people within organisations, the use of relevant communications within the global economy and how cultural differences affect both buying behaviour and marketing approaches. As well as specific knowledge relating to international business, you will develop enhanced personal and interpersonal skills. These include critical thinking, team-working, problem-solving, numeracy and quantitative skills, self-management and negotiation skills.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 9900 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 4500 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2015, November  2015, February  2016, April  2016
Duration full-time 18 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content


A range of assessment methods are used throughout the course. You will be required to undertake a variety of group and individually based assessments. These assessments include individual essays, reports presentations and examinations, and group based reports and presentations. The assessments are designed to test knowledge and understanding of the appropriate subject matter, but also to demonstrate the range of skills identified in section 3 above.

The assessment strategy underlines the programmes concern with research and independent thinking, critical knowledge of theory and practice, the ability to make information decisions and communicate these under time pressure and, finally, the all-important skills of teamwork and oral communication of ideas.

The written assignments and group reports contribute to the learning outcomes focusing on your ability to research and critically evaluate elements of the curriculum in depth. They generally allow you to use a variety of named sources to support your viewpoints

The end of unit examinations focus primarily on critical discussion of theory and current practice and provide the reassurance of guaranteed student authorship, and a true measure of your own ability and understanding.

The time-constrained tests will be more cursory in nature, generally assessing awareness, understanding and application of elements of the curriculum.

The significant weighting given to individual and group presentations stresses the primacy of team work and of effective oral communication based on research and creative, `holistic thinking about organisational, media and stakeholder issues.

Educational Aims

This programme of study aims to achieve the following:

  • To enable you to operate successfully in an international business and management role within an upon completion of the programme
  • To enable you to expand on your undergraduate skills and enable you to gain knowledge and skills relevant to a global knowledge economy
  • To enable you to appreciate the integrated nature of business and management study, and to relate both hard and soft issues to decision making
  • To assess the cross-cultural nature of international business and management study
  • To add value so as to enhance your employment prospects
  • To compare, contrast, and choose theories to the practice of business and management
  • To apprise and compare studies of people and organisations in a cross-cultural context
  • To develop a career in International business and management by developing your skills at an appropriate level
  • To develop and modify your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business and management to complex issues
  • To evaluate and organise your lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction to contribute to business and society at large
  • To develop a good grounding and knowledge in emerging international marketing and corporate finance management issues
  • To assess and contrast the key concepts, regarding online business measures, their implications and the role in an organisations online strategic development
  • To develop the ability to confidently use your strategic and analytical skills to solve strategic international business problems

English Language Requirements

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CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for International Business and Management

The normal entry requirements for postgraduate degrees (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) are a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with appropriate work experience.
The University accepts the following qualifications as satisfying the English Language requirements for entry to a Bachelor or Master's degree

  • IELTS overall score of 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each element
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) score of between 52 and 54 with minimum of 51 in each band
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, minimum grade C (each element must be at 'weak' or above)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, minimum grade C (each element must be at 'weak' or above)

Work Experience for International Business and Management

No work experience is required.

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