International Business Management

International Business Management MSc

Master business management in a global landscape.

Key details
Penryn Campus
Course duration
1 year

Course overview

This course is new for September 2024

Utilising our 120-year history as a creative institution with a global reputation, this distinctive International Business Management masters addresses the challenges, complexities and uncertainties of the modern globalised world: where technical knowledge needs to be matched with innovative, creative solutions. 

Focussing on imaginative and disruptive business approaches, on this master’s course you’ll get to grips with the relationship between the global political and economic landscape as well as local and cultural imperatives to tackle some of the most pressing economic, environmental and societal challenges we face; from the climate crisis and global health to advancements in AI and data. 

Learning from experienced academics and practitioners in the Cornwall Business School, you’ll have the opportunity to reimagine the key elements of international business in areas including strategy, ethics, operations, human resources, finance, supply chain management and marketing with creative insights and methodologies. 

This challenging postgraduate degree focusses on student-lead research and experiential learning, informed by our cohort’s diverse cultural and academic backgrounds, providing you with the opportunity to create new knowledge and develop this dynamic area of business theory and practice. 

You will:

  • Develop an advanced and critical understanding of economic, environmental and social contexts of intentional business and build an approach and mindset that places sustainability and ethics at the heart of every management and consultancy idea, decision and action
  • Develop highly-sought after skills in collaboration, team working, complex problem solving, networking and communication
  • 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 
  • Look to Industry 5.0, where the power of technology is fused with human creativity to deliver the next industrial revolution, where human-centricity, sustainability, and resilience are prioritised  

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Start dates: January / September*

*This course is starting in September 2024

(Two intakes per year)

Course details

International Business Management MSc | Falmouth University

Throughout this International Business Management MSc, you'll develop a range of intellectual and practical skills to contribute to the global knowledge economy and to make a positive impact in any environment in which you operate as a business professional. 

Throughout this course, you will progressively build a sophisticated knowledge of the contemporary business world, while also gaining the resilience, resourcefulness and horizon scanning skills that will provide you with flexibility for the future. You will complete the course with an ambitious, professional final project that will have a real-world impact and potential for transformative change in your area of chosen specialism. 

International Management

You’ll develop your understanding of the skills required by leaders making strategic or operational decisions at the highest level. Using a systems approach in this module you will explore the rapidly changing global business environment. 

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 Business Strategy

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

You will explore the unique dimensions of multinational business, exploring these organisations’ strategic advantage through topics such as aggregation, adaptation and arbitrage strategies. You will also explore topics such as risk diversification as well as the opportunities and challenges for businesses operating at this scale. 

International Consultancy Project 

You’ll develop your professional skills by delivering a consultancy project in response to a client brief. You will consider and practice collaborative working, and review a range of leadership models, styles and frameworks. You will also develop your understanding of project management and put this into practice by working on a ‘live’ client consultancy brief within a multi-disciplinary team.

Final Major Project

You’ll deliver a practice-led research project that’s located within a defined context. You will have the opportunity to deliver real world solutions through the application of your own research and engagement with business.

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.

Why study International Business Management in Cornwall?

Falmouth University and Cornwall itself is an exciting place to study International Business Management. With a rich industrial history, Cornwall is now at the forefront of the future-economy: where new initiatives in space, rare earth minerals and renewable energy are flourishing. 

Rooted in the strong regional community and with the advantage of Cornwall Business School’s international and regional networks with business, government and third sector organisations, you’ll be immersed in a fascinating local business ecosystem with global relevance. 

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How you'll learn & be assessed

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

  • 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. 

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 regularly as you progress through your modules. 


This International Business Management MSc course is based on Penryn Campus. Penryn Campus is home to wide variety of course subject areas allowing students from a variety of disciplines to work collaboratively, create and share ideas.   

  • 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. 
  • Open-access Mac and PC IT suites and software packages 


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.


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Because the 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.

*This course is starting in September 2024

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 for September 2024 and January 2025 entry

£9,200 per year - full-time UK (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.)

£17,950 - full-time EU/international (£500-£2,500 acceptance fee payable depending upon your status. This is deducted from tuition fees)

Tuition fees for September 2025 will be confirmed in summer 2024.

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

One-off costs for the duration of the course 

  • Personal laptop (if not already owned) capable of running Microsoft Office Suite - typical cost £500-800 

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

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