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International Business Management MSc

Master the theory and practice of business management in a global landscape.

Key details
Penryn Campus
Course duration
1 year
Subject to validation during this academic year

Course overview

This course is new for entry year January 2024

Learn to thrive in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of international business. Studying in one of the UK’s top creative universities, you’ll adopt a sustainable and creative approach to global business management and consultancy.

Learning from experienced academics in Cornwall Business School, you’ll have the opportunity to explore international business in a number of areas, including strategy, ethics, operations, human resources, finance, supply chain management and marketing.

With experiential learning embedded throughout this master’s course, you’ll apply business management theory to real-world challenges and carry out industry-facing research. Throughout your studies, you’ll operate at the forefront of sustainable thinking, learning to tackle the ethical challenges of the future.

You will:

  • Gain a contextualised understanding of the theory and practice of business management, whilst developing relevant skills in collaboration and communications
  • Develop an approach and mindset that places sustainability and ethics at the heart of every management and consultancy idea, decision and action
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality when managing challenges across a range of industries and sectors
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship
  • Enhance your understanding of international business consultancy processes

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Start dates: January / September

(Two intakes per year)

Course details

Throughout this International Business Management MSc, you'll develop a range of intellectual and practical skills to become a specialist in the global knowledge economy.

You’ll explore a variety of methods and channels for communication, develop processes that provide effective and innovative responses to complex problems and learn how to manage high performing teams. You’ll also become fluent in management systems and processes, including managing financial, physical and human resources, and conducting effective and valuable analysis.

Business Strategy

Considering theoretical and practical approaches, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of business strategy.

Sustainable Practice

You’ll learn to evaluate challenges, opportunities and potential actions through the lens of sustainable development and our inter-connected global society.



International Management

You’ll develop your understanding of the skills required by managers making strategic or operational decisions informed by qualitative and quantitative data.

Consultancy Project

You’ll develop your professional skills by working collaboratively to deliver a consultancy project in response to a client brief.

Final Major Project

You’ll deliver a practice-led research project that’s located within a defined context.

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

The delivery of the MSc International Business Management is provided in three ways: 

  • One-hour lectures provide the theoretical background and wider context to each topic
  • Seminars focus on the application of the theory to sectoral practice
  • Tutorials help students apply theory to their own practice and assignments

Experiential learning (or ‘learning by doing’) makes up the teaching and assessment approach for this course, and you will develop enhanced collaboration and communication skills by working in teams at times. 

How you'll be assessed

Each module has two assessments which are spread out to avoid submission deadlines in the same week. 

Most assessments focus on the practical application of theories and concepts either in teams or individually. There are a range written and verbal assessments, including reports, strategies, plans, portfolios and presentations.

There are no exams, so 100% of your assessment is coursework and presentations.

Feedback is provided very regularly as you progress through your modules. 

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You’ll learn from academic staff with extensive and broad experience in the fields of business and management.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.


Our facilities range from:

  • Excellent media facilities for producing promotional material and audio-visual content
  • Libraries housing a collection of 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and electronic and journal resources
  • High quality teaching facilities
  • Open-access Mac and PC IT suites and software packages

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Because the International Business Management course is situated at the intersection of theory and practice, you can choose your own approach to this subject either as theorist or practitioner, leading to many future career options including: 

  • The ability to operate as a manager in an international business or organisation.   
  • Knowledge to develop your own business.  
  • The option to progress to further study as a PhD student

How to apply

A 2:2 honours degree (or above) or Level 6 equivalent qualification is desirable. However, candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply if they have significant relevant work experience. If you'd like to discuss our entry requirements, speak to an advisor.

International business managers require a number of skill sets, so we'll consider applications from people with a wide variety of graduate and professional backgrounds who possess a clear interest in business management.

We'll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL) and should have been gained within the last five years and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

APEL applicants using experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.

If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. 

International applicants who require a student visa to study in the UK must take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services Team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. 

This course has two intakes per year: September and January. 

Discounts may be available for early applications. To discuss all our discount opportunities, contact an advisor. 

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Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

£9,900 per year – full-time UK (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.) 

£19,300 per year – full-time EU/international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees.)

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. 

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Typical course costs

  • Personal laptop (if not already owned)

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter. 

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