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, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based

We are here to help you prepare for a flourishing career in global business and offer you the option to specialise in International Business and Marketing or International Business and Entrepreneurship.    

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 with a multi-location team. 

If you want to start your own venture, to develop entrepreneurial capacity in an existing organisation or to work in an international marketing function one of our optional pathways will target your skills. 

The course covers core business subjects such as accounting, people management and strategy, in the context of international regulatory frameworks and business practices. It also emphasises ethical, environmental and sustainability issues, which are increasingly important within the global business environment.

Degree pathways

As part of our commitment to flexible learning this postgraduate course in International Business also offers two pathways, , and . To graduate with one of these degree students choose from a selection of core and option modules. 

There’s also the opportunity to undertake a project/internship with external clients. This allows you to integrate the knowledge and skills from your master’s degree to solve a real business challenge.

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.

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.

Research overview

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

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.

What our students said

Heval Omari
Heval Omari
I believe in empowering people, showing them a better way of life and even showing them what I am passionate about. Just being genuine will take you a very long way. If you are passionate about something, people can tell.
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Raghav Gupta
Raghav Gupta
The Business Consulting module helped to enhance my problem solving and critical thinking skills as it was real world experience, solving real problems for businesses.
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Nicolas Guerra
Nicolas Guerra
Engaging with local business was certainly the best part of the course. From these experiences I was able to not only understand how to put into practice all the theories that I had learnt, but also I could actually see if my ideas and solutions were meaningful for businesses’ owners.
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