International Business Management MSc

This programme combines advanced business management modules with a global focus, benefiting from Surrey Business School’s emphasis on enterprise and innovation.

Why Surrey?

At Surrey Business School, we offer a diverse range of business and management programmes that are fuelled by a common approach: encouraging you to be entrepreneurial and innovative, providing opportunities for you to engage with real-world business problems throughout your programme.

Programme overview

The process of internationalisation, together with the continuous technology improvements of the last three decades, has brought unprecedented flows of goods, services, labour and capital across national boundaries. World trade has become increasingly important, foreign direct investment is growing and the competitive pressures on many industries and firms have intensified.

There are big challenges for companies that operate internationally, as they become engaged in modes of business that are different from those to which they are accustomed domestically. Therefore, it is important to develop a better understanding of how these multinational firms are managed and controlled.

This programme will enable you to understand how firms become and remain international in scope. You will learn to apply management theories and techniques that are important in an increasingly multinational business environment. New research findings, case studies and comparative perspectives on the management of internationally operating firms will help you to understand these issues in more detail, and that the local adaptation of business and management concepts developed elsewhere is crucial.

Programme structure

The programme involves seven compulsory modules, one optional module and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Methods
  • International Business Management
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Finance for Business
  • International Trade
  • Strategy

Optional modules:

  • E-Business
  • Innovation Management
  • International Business Investigation
  • International Human Resource Management

Example module content

Accounting and Finance for Business

This module introduces you to a range of finance systems and processes. The topics covered include profit and loss account, balance sheet, cash flow statement, financial analysis, and trend and ratio analysis.

International Business Management

This module gives an overview of key topics in the areas of international business and international management. It pays special attention to issues such as globalisation, FDI theory and patterns, the role and importance of the multinational company (MNC), managing human resources within the MNC, and comparative studies of cultural and institutional influences on the management of MNCs.

International Trade

This module considers issues of international trade from the theory and policy perspective. In particular, the module considers how these issues affect the behaviour of firms and the relationship between theory, practice and policy.

Management of Human Resources

This module provides a firm basic grounding in the ‘people management’ aspects of managerial roles. It draws on literature and theory from the fields of psychology, sociology, economics and political science. It provides a sound conceptual framework for the management of human resources within the organisation.


This module provides a comprehensive framework for understanding marketing at both strategic and operational levels within various contexts.


This module provides a holistic understanding of the most relevant theoretical approaches to strategy formulation, implementation and control, either in the context of a single-business or a multi-business organisation.

Research Methods

Introducing the process of research project formulation and the key elements of research design, this module should prepare you to execute your research study for your dissertation in a systematic and scientific manner.


This module identifies contextual influences and industry developments in e-business, as well as mapping various business models and analysing how the electronic platform can transform businesses.

International Human Resource Management

This module provides an understanding of the management of human resources (HR) in an international context, examining the political and economic factors which influence the decision-making processes of multinational organisations and the way these affect HR strategies and policies.

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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Programme leader

Mr Suman Saha

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months

Start date:

Sep 2016

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (a good UK 2.2) or an equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas university.

If an applicant’s Bachelors degree is not in a subject related to the MSc, some relevant work experience would be an advantage. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

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English language requirements

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2016 £11,000 £17,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees. Learn more.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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