International Business

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma


This course is designed to help you prepare for a successful career in international management — in either a broad general management role, or as a specialist in international marketing or international human resources. 

The course will help you to understand how international business is conducted, with a focus on developing the managerial skills you’ll need in an interconnected world. You will learn how to develop your problem-solving and critical thinking skills within the context of trading across national boundaries. 

By the end of this course you’ll understand how organisations operate across economies, currencies and regulatory frameworks. In addition, you’ll develop skills to help you engage with stakeholders from different cultures and work effectively in a multi-location team.

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a taught postgraduate degree in the 2017/18 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Study methods: Full-time, Campus based
  • Duration: MSc: one year; Diploma: 9 months
  • Start date:


  • Course Director: Ms Jenoah Joseph
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Course Director

Ms Jenoah Joseph

Management, Work & Organisation Division
Stirling Management School
University of Stirling

Degree pathways

The MSc International Business offers a choice of pathways, all of which provide a route to an MSc or Postgraduate Diploma. The pathways are:

  • International Business — covers core business subjects such as accountancy, finance and strategic management
  • International Business with Human Resource Management — for students who wish to blend general business skills with people management
  • International Business with Marketing — helps you develop marketing expertise that will support your future career in a global business context

When you register you’ll be applying for the MSc in International Business.  You can select a specialist pathway at the end of the first semester.

International Business

What is International Business?

International Business is the specialisation of core business subjects, adding theoretical and practical dimensions relevant to operating in an increasingly globalised economy. Foundation content, from accountancy and finance to strategic management, is explored in the context of international regulatory frameworks and business practices. Analytical and problem-solving skills are developed from multi-cultural and multi-national perspectives. Students are exposed to the challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation.

An MSc International Business from Stirling is designed to develop deep understanding of different approaches to managing businesses across national boundaries and create awareness of new trading blocs and the pressures they inflict on businesses and managers. Postgraduate education in International Business equips graduates to work in roles that require an understanding of how businesses are financed and taxed in different jurisdictions as well as other legislative issues that must be taken into account. A strong emphasis on ethical and environmental issues of relevance to commercial operators with international interests is a major strength of this course.

International Business with Human Resource Management

The International Business with Human Resource Management pathway is ideally suited to individuals who wish to blend their interests in general business strategy with the management of people.

International Business with Marketing

The International Business with Marketing pathway enables students to develop marketing expertise that will enable them to thrive in a global business context.

Course objectives

Main objectives

The course is designed to help you develop a deep understanding of the different approaches to managing businesses across national boundaries. It will also help develop your awareness of new trading blocs and their impact on businesses and managers.

The course covers core business subjects, such as accounting, finance and strategy, in the context of international regulatory frameworks and business practices. It will also help you develop your analytical and problem-solving skills from multi-cultural and multi-national perspectives.

Through the course you’ll learn about:

  • The relevance of international trade in today’s business environment
  • The challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation
  • Different approaches to managing businesses in the global environment
  • The ethical and environmental issues that have emerged as a result of globalisation, and its impact on consumers

What makes us different?

Advance your career with work experience

On this course you will have the opportunity to enhance your career opportunities by participating in work-based multi-disciplinary projects designed to prepare you for the next step on the career ladder.

We work with companies across different sectors in presenting a range of opportunities for our students.

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Business Engagement

The University of Stirling Management School equips students to flourish as effective managers in the workplace through enhanced self-awareness, critical thinking, leadership and team-working skills.

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Business Engagement


At the University of Stirling Management School, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students realise their potential.

The graduate job market has never been more competitive, and greater focus is now being placed on finding graduates who can demonstrate a wide array of skills, competences and experiences.

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World-class library and teaching facilities

Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

You’ll need a minimum of a second class honours degree in any subject, or an equivalent qualification. However, you can still apply if you don’t have these formal qualifications, but bring significant work experience in a relevant area.

International students

The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you.

Other learning activities to prepare you for study in the UK
Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study.

INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of these qualifications :

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email to discuss your course of study.

Fees and costs

2017/18 Overseas £14,600
2017/18 Home/EU £7,750


2018/19 Overseas £15,250
2018/19 Home/EU To be confirmed

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

Cost of Living

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Payment options

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Scholarships & funding

Stirling Management School Postgraduate Scholarships

Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, helping them to further their education with one of our university degree courses. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies.
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Other scholarships and funding
You may qualify for University of Stirling funding as well as funding from government bodies, the European Commission, funding trusts, research councils, industry and employers.
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Cost of living
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Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan
This course is currently approved for PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding from SAAS.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Begin your new course in the best possible way, with our unique Flying Start Leadership programme.

This programme is exclusively for new students about to start one of our postgraduate courses. You’ll take part in activities, workshops and information sessions to help you prepare for the year ahead, and make the most of your time at Stirling.

Participate in the Flying Start Leadership programme and you will:

  • Discover more about the exciting period of learning ahead
  • Understand what is expected of you in your course
  • Get to know the teaching and support staff
  • Learn more about a diverse range of approaches to learning
  • Work as part of a successful team

 Activities range from practical skills – like effective public speaking – to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. It’s also a chance to discover all that the University and the vibrant city of Stirling has to offer, and to make new friends. 

Structure, teaching, assessment and awards

This is a one-year full-time course of two semesters followed by a dissertation. You will be taught in lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits and case study exercises. You’ll be assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, including written assignments and presentations. 

Following success in your examinations at the end of the second semester, you will be awarded a Diploma in your chosen pathway. If you successfully complete a dissertation project, you’ll be awarded an MSc.

Delivery and assessment

Teaching involves lectures, seminars, workshop-based sessions and presentations. You are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, including written assignments and presentations. Successful completion of the taught element of the programme leads to the award of Diploma or allows you to continue for the award of MSc in International Business by completing a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic agreed with the Course Director. This must be submitted by the end of August.


Course modules

There are two semesters lasting for 15 weeks each. Semester one involves  four compulsory modules. In semester two you must complete two compulsory modules and a further two optional modules which depend on the pathway you choose.

Semester one:

Semester two compulsory modules:

Semester two optional modules - two from one group:

International Business

International Business with Human Resource Management

International Business with Marketing

This is subject to availability.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Peng, M and Meyer, K. (2011) International Business, Southwestern Cengage Learning, ISBN 978-1-4080-1959-6

Hamilton, L. and Webster, P. (2015) The International Business Environment, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press

Sitkin, Alan and Bowen, Nick (2013) International Business Challenges and Choices, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press.

Branine, M. (2011), Managing Across Cultures, Concepts, Policies and Practices. Sage Publications.

Blowfield M. and Murray A. (2011) Corporate Responsibility, (2nd Edition), Oxford University Press.

Modes of study

Full-time: MSc: one year; Diploma: nine months

Study method


Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1000-1100     Option Lecture   Seminar
1100-1200   Lecture   Seminar Seminar
1200-1300   Lecture   Seminar  
1300-1400 Seminar        
1400-1500   Lecture     Option Lecture
1500-1600   Lecture Option Seminar    
1600-1700   Lecture      

Why Stirling?



In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools.  In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five.  64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

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Why study at Stirling?

Our global reputation: research rating

The University of Stirling Management School was ranked among the Top 25 in the UK for business and management in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Industry engagement

You’ll have the chance to enhance your career prospects by participating in work-based multi-disciplinary projects that will help prepare you for your next step on the career ladder.

Expert teaching

In the last published Research Assessment Exercise, most of the research (85%) produced by our academics was rated as being of international significance. This reflects the high quality of lectures who teach at the university.

Flexible course structure

The flexible design of the degree programme means you focus on the core management modules or specialise in marketing or human resources.

Networking opportunities

Many of our postgraduate students come from overseas. Studying at Stirling offers an excellent opportunity to establish your own global network of contacts at the outset of your career.

Expertise in Corporate Social Responsibility

The course emphasises ethical and environmental issues, which are increasingly important within the global business environment.

Professional development for long-term success

Our Flying Start Leadership programme helps you develop self-awareness about your strengths and acquire new competencies in a supportive environment.

MSc International Business Dissertation Prize

A research-based prize of £200 is open to all students undertaking the MSc in International Business dissertation and is awarded to the student who submits the best dissertation.  The prize may be shared if more than one dissertation achieves the highest mark.

Our students

At least 94% of our graduates are in work or further studies within six months of graduating.  Many of our alumni are now working in leading organisations across the world.

Tina Berking studied on the MSc International Business programme in 2015/16.  During her time at Stirling she was interviewed by IEC, an International Education website in Germany, and you can read her full interview here (please note this is in German, but you can view an English translation version here).

Our staff

Course leader

Jenoah Joseph is a Senior Teaching Fellow and Director of the MSc in International Business in Stirling Management School. She graduated from University of Malaya in 1984 with a BA (Hons) in English and French. She taught business and management at Systematic Business School before undertaking an MBA at Stirling in 1987. She then worked in the business finance sector in Kuala Lumpur where she dealt with funding for SMEs before returning to Stirling in 1990. Her primary teaching and research focus is directed towards strategy and international business.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

The University of Stirling is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability. Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated employability manager. From the very beginning of the course, your career is our focus.

MSc International Business graduates have forged successful careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors around the world. Employers include the World Wildlife Fund, Lufthansa, RBS, Proctor & Gamble, Ernst & Young, EBSCO Publishing and Accenture.

Our masters graduates have skills and knowledge that sought after by organisations with global operations. Whichever pathway you select, you’ll feel equipped to take on demanding leadership roles in general business areas or in the specialist areas of marketing and human resources.

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