Why choose this course
This course will teach you how to manage a multinational business. You’ll learn how to develop and implement global strategies, and how to make companies of any size truly international. While benefiting from Surrey Business School’s emphasis on enterprise and innovation, you’ll be encouraged and motivated to expand your creative and practical thinking abilities.
We make sure you have the skills and knowledge that employers look out for, and you’ll have the chance to engage with real, contemporary challenges within modern business throughout your studies. We are ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.
What you will study
Studying this course will help you to gain a thorough understanding of how successful businesses continue to have an international reach, despite the many challenges posed by the modern world.
We’ll teach you how to effectively formulate and implement global strategies to succeed in international business. We’ll spark your interest by teaching you about the techniques and knowledge that professional managers need, to control multinational business environments. You can also expect to explore areas such as the management of responsibility and ethical considerations.
You’ll experience an inspiring combination of our research findings and case studies from international firms and, in the process, discover why adopting some of the best, forward-thinking management techniques from around the world is crucial to success.
A particular highlight of the programme is the Global Strategy Implementation module. In this module, you will learn about internal and external influential factors on the implementation of global strategies, process of strategy implementation, techniques for implementing strategy, barriers to strategy implementation, and the ways in which to avoid failure in the implementation of these strategies.
MSc - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
This course has been designed to help you gain a thorough understanding of how successful businesses maintain an international reach despite challenges posed by the modern world. Learn how to manage a multinational business, develop and implement global strategies, and adopt the techniques required to control multinational business environments. All key skills that employers will be looking for.
An International Business Management MSc can lead to the following jobs:
- Multinational manager
- Regional manager
- Country manager
- HQ-subsidiary co-ordinator
- Strategic business analyst
- Business development manager
- Management consultant in international business
- Supply chain manager.
Academic year structure
Please note that the modules E-Business Strategy and Business Reporting Techniques are taught from June to July, and the International Business Project is undertaken from August to September.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.
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English language requirements
IELTS (or equivalent) 6.5 overall including 6.0 in each category
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2021-22 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.