M.Sc. International Management

University of Strathclyde in Glasgow

Application deadline: As soon as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 14,200 / Year (EEA)
  • € 16,600 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The MSc in International Management was developed in response to the rapid growth of international business activity, which led to great demand in companies for high level expertise in international management and global leadership.

This growth of business on an international scale has highlighted both similarities and differences between people and nations, and their regulations and institutions. The MSc in International Management delivers the knowledge and skills required by international managers and leaders to operate globally as well as in a variety of national environments.


The MSc in International Management fits together as an integrated whole as follows:

Semester 1
The MSc in International Management begins with an introduction to the MG960 International Management Development Programme. During this introduction, it is impressed on students that they are responsible for developing both their knowledge and skills and that they should approach their studies as active learners. This introduction is complemented by an Integrated Skills Workshop which focuses on the students personal approach to learning and managing themselves.

The programme then leads into two core classes, namely MG962 Managing Across Cultures and the MG961 Global Business Environment. These classes are designed to imbue students with the platform of knowledge and understanding on the economic, institutional and socio-cultural contexts which form the background to International Management.

During the first semester, students will also take part in an Outward Bound Activity. Theoretical insights gleaned from the MG960 International Management Development Programme are applied during a period spent at an outward bound centre undertaking activities targeted towards testing out leadership skills, teambuilding and managing the dynamics of multi-cultural teams. Students experiences of the workshop analysed during a feedback session that follows the Outward Bound Activity will help build the cohort into a coherent group. The experiences will also encourage students to reflect critically on their managerial/leadership development needs.

Semester 2
Following the Christmas holidays there are a series of four function-orientated classes in MG964 International Marketing, MG965 International Human Resource Management, MG966 Introduction to International Financial Management and MG967 International Entrepreneurship that provide students with an understanding of how the institutional and socio-cultural contexts addressed in the MG962 Managing Across Cultures and the MG961 Global Business Environment classes impact on critical operational functions within organisations.

There subsequently follows the MG963 Strategy and Organisation Across Borders class. This will help draw elements of the MG962 Managing Across Cultures and MG961 Global Business Environment classes together in order to broaden and deepen understanding of the programme.

In parallel to these sessions, groups of students will be expected to undertake self-directed and collaborative learning exercises (e.g. arrange a professional, cultural or careers-focused event) to address a managerial/leadership development need identified during the Outward Bound Activity.

Upon completion of the compulsory classes and towards the end of the taught programme, students choose two elective classes, allowing students to explore a range of topics. Students enrolled on the MSc in International Management will be able to choose two classes from a shared pool of international and general management topics available on programmes offered by the Department of Strategy & Organisation.

Semester 3
The Project class rounds off the programme in the third and final semester. This provides students with an opportunity to explore at length and in depth some aspects of theory or methods, knowledge or skills introduced on the taught element of the programme. The project is supported by a class in project methodology. At this stage of the programme, students may be interested in aligning career aspirations with project work.


The MSc in International Management is primarily designed for those with a business-related degree or those with international trade or international business work experience. Both recent graduates and experienced managers are welcome to apply. Exceptionally, some qualified and highly motivated students without formal international business training may be admitted, subject to pre-sessional study of appropriate subjects. Applications from those who can demonstrate that their work experience merits direct entry to the programme will also be considered.

Application process
Completed application forms are considered as they are received, and you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible. The Admissions Committee will consider all the information submitted and will decide whether to offer you a place on the course. The Admissions Committee meets on a regular basis and, providing you have supplied all the necessary information, you should receive a decision within two to three weeks of application.

Applicants should complete the online application form and upload the following supporting documentation:

* Detailed CV
* Evidence of academic qualifications (degree certificate and full academic transcripts. A certified translated version of these documents must be provided if these documents are not in English.)
* For those applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of English proficiency is required. A minimum of 6.5 in IELTS (with equal weighting across all bands), 600 TOEFL or 95 iBT is required. For more information on taking the IELTS or TOEFL test please visit or * Two references will be required to support your application. These can either be uploaded to your application file or, if you prefer, we will contact your referees if you provide their email addresses in the online application form.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 95

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.



There are three international accrediting bodies for business schools. These are :

* AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, based in the USA
* EQUIS - the quality assurance scheme run by the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd) and based in Brussels
* AMBA - the Association of MBAs, based in the UK

To achieve accreditation by one of these bodies is an achievement in itself. To achieve accreditation by all three bodies is a truly outstanding accomplishment and one to be proud of.


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