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MSc International Business

Our Masters course will help you to understand how international business is conducted, with a focus on developing the managerial skills needed to succeed in the global business world.

International Business

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based

We’re here to help you prepare for a flourishing career in international business.

Throughout this Masters in International Business you’ll develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills within the context of trading across national boundaries. By the end of the course, you’ll have an expansive knowledge of how organisations operate across economies, currencies and regulatory frameworks. You’ll also become an expert in engaging with stakeholders from different cultures and working effectively in a multi-location team.

Our international business Masters course will increase 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 also emphasises ethical and environmental issues, which are increasingly important within the global business environment.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

We’re in an elite group of business schools globally – and one of only 14 in the UK – to hold accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for both our MBA and MSc Business and Management (MBM) courses.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    The course provides you with the key skills and experience you’ll need to forge your career in an international arena. You’ll:

    • explore the relevance of international trade in today’s business environment
    • understand the challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation
    • develop different approaches to managing businesses in the global environment
    • investigate the ethical and environmental issues that have emerged as a result of globalisation, and their impact on consumers
    • cultivate management skills in report writing, networking, critical thinking and group working skills
    • focus on personal and professional development to enhance your learning throughout the academic year
    Preparing Business Leaders of the Future

    Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond text books and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

    Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. Find out more about Flying Start.

    Making the Most of Masters

    We know that increasing your employability to a range of international businesses and organisations is key driver in taking a Masters degree. Making the Most of Masters programme lets you kick-start your career by undertaking a work based project for your dissertation. The project will be solution focused and address real research needs within an organisation. Go to the Making the Most of Masters website to see more details.

    Preparation for International students coming to study in the UK

    Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study. Take a look at the Prepare for Success website to get more information.

    MSc International Business Research-Based Learning Prize

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

  • Flexible learning

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

  • Research

    The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact, according to REF 2014. 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. 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.

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

    Other routes of entry

    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'll be guaranteed entry onto this Masters degree.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

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

    More information on our English language requirements

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

A research-based prize is open to all students undertaking the dissertation or consultancy project, and is awarded to the student who submits the best piece of work. The prize may be shared if more than one dissertation/consultancy project achieves the highest mark.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2017/18 on this course of study.

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Course Details

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £7,900 TBC

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £15,250 £15,950

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships
    Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL)

    This course is currently approved for PTFL funding from the Students Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

    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 degree courses. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies.

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances. That’s why we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities available.

    To explore our scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support. .

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

MSc International Business graduates have forged successful careers in the public, private and voluntary sectors around the world. Employers include:

With knowledge and skills that are sought after by organisations with global operations, whichever pathway you select, you’ll be equipped to take on demanding leadership roles in general business areas or in the specialist areas of marketing and human resources.

From the beginning of our course, we help you to develop the skills you need for your future career:

  • Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career
  • 98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of leaving (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16)

Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated employability manager. From the very beginning of the course, your career is our focus.

  • The World Wildlife Fund
  • Lufthansa
  • RBS
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Ernst and Young
  • EBSCO Publishing
  • Accenture
HigherEd Global Talent Portal

As a Management School student, you have access to the HigherEd Global Talent Portal where you’ll find internship, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions from companies around the world.  It helps international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

The global talent portal is in addition to all other existing initiatives and resources available for you through the Careers and Employability Service, and the Target Connect vacancy and events system.

  • Employability skills

    You’ll have the opportunity to gain first-hand practical experience by working on consultancy style projects with external clients.

    Consultancy projects allow you to work with an organisation to investigate a ‘real-world’ issue, enhance your transferable business skills and make professional connections that may lead to a job offer in the future. Current clients range from start-up businesses to international organisations in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

    Watch our video to find out more about how taking part in a project with a local business can help increase your employability skills.

    Making the Most of Masters (MMM)

    MMM is a strategic collaboration between business organisations, universities, enterprise agencies, and post-graduate Masters levels students. MMM helps offer work based projects as an alternative to a traditional Masters dissertation. The projects are solution focused and address real research needs within an organisation. Find out more about MMM.

    You’ll start your MSc course on our Flying Start leadership programme which will challenge your perspective of culture and develop your self-awareness, as well as team-working, problem-solving and presentation skills.

Stirling has provided me with the skills necessary for a successful business career in an international environment.
Jannes Peemoller
Germany MSc International Business
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The course provided the transferrable skills that I will be able to implement in the real business world.
Indriyanti Nuryanto
Indonesia MSc International Business
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