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MSc International Business and Management

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Full-time: One year

Part-time: Two years

This course commences in September and January of each year.

This course is now closed to international applications for January 2023 

Next intake September 2023.


Typical Offer: 

Qualifications and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.




Our MSc in International Business Management here at the University of Suffolk prepares you for a huge variety of business roles in a global context.  Whether you’re interested in Entrepreneurship, Managing People Effectively and Strategic International Marketing to name a few areas this course covers then this is the course for you.  Our staff and students will be drawn from all over the world with widely varied expertise, making this MSc a truly international programme.

If you have not previously studied business or management subjects, this course is designed to enable you to build the foundations needed for a business and management career.  Through a focus on the practical process of doing business and have opportunity to interact with businesses through our ever-expanding networks.

Finally, we also offer a further chance to enhance your career and promotion prospects through our dual accreditation with the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management.

                                           ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management achieved through dual-accreditation of modules within the University of Suffolk MSc International Business and Management

Through our dual accreditation scheme, and upon successful completion of modules on the MSc International Business and Management programme, students will also achieve the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and ManagementFurther information about the University's relationship with the ILM is available in the PSRB register.

View more information about the range of employers our students work with in the Business School.

  • Designed for new or recent graduates so the course is to bring graduates of any discipline to become well-versed in business and management-related matters and competent to work (and lead) in a challenging business environment
  • Gives a broad perspective on the nature of business and management.
  • Offer an innovative, dynamic and flexible programme that critically considers development of International Business and Management in a globalised world.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

International Business (20 credits)

International Business (IB) is a complex exercise for managers in both existing businesses and new ventures.  The increasing globalisation of the market place affects all who are involved with business or who must make business decisions.  Therefore, it is imperative to be knowledgeable about International Business systems.  International Business is designed to engage students with the key concepts, models, debates and problems in the study of International business.  The module  considers how International business organisations are managed, including the strategies used to guide them and the decisions involved in the role of the manager or owner

Business Research Methods (20 credits)

The purpose of this module is twofold: to examine the use of systematic research approaches to help build understanding of specific business contexts; and to prepare students for their dissertation as part of their level 7 studies.  In this module, students will develop their investigative and analytical skills.  They will learn about a range of methods and methodologies for collecting and analysing data and develop their own approach to a research project connected with an area of business or management.

Strategic International Marketing (20 credits)

This module will provide students with a practical understanding of how companies design and implement international marketing strategies.  You will explore both the theoretical background of international marketing concepts as well as their application in today's fast-changing and rapidly growing digital marketing landscape to ensure that you gain an appreciation of international marketing in action.  In this module you will assess how contemporary marketing practices in different organisations and sectors achieve marketing objectives and then apply this knowledge in real business settings.  This module will provide you with an understanding of current digital marketing technology and consider its impact on contemporary international marketing practice.

Managing People Effectively in an International Context (20 credits)

This module aims to provide students with a broad introduction to managing people effectively across different country contexts through the introduction of key concepts, theories and contemporary practices.  It considers the global challenges of developing and implementing international human resource management strategy.   Resourcing and developing talent will be assessed through the diffusion of HRM practices in multinational enterprises.  This module also explores cross cultural interactions from an organisational and leadership perspective and how to lead and manage effectively both across and within different cultures.

Managerial Economics and Finance (20 credits)

The purpose of this module is twofold: to examine the use of agency relations between owners, managers and employees and the contribution of economics in strategic management and corporate governance; and to understand the empirical and theoretical aspects of capital budgeting, market efficiency, portfolio theory, asset pricing models, capital structure and dividend policy.

Innovative Entrepreneurial Society: new business models (20 credits)

Society since the advent of the 21st century have increasingly sought to understand entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities in the wake of economic and social transformation.  Thus researchers, policy makers and practitioners have sought to gain insight on the implications of an innovative entrepreneurial society,  This module aims to explore the entrepreneurial decision-making environment, taking into account stakeholder opportunities, as well as providing the student with the techniques and skills required to optimise their choices in a complex venturing, social and digital context.  The module thus covers activities of both profit seeking and social enterprises.

Global Operations and Supply Chain Management (20 credits)

Today’s supply chains span across continents and involve many different organisations in the supply network.  The management of supply chains is key to the operations of modern global organisations, providing the foundation for successful operations in a competitive global business environment.  Logistics and its evolving role in business, for instance, has created dependency, sub-disciplines of study and opportunities to analyse the direct impact in various industries and sectors.  Growth trends, combine the need for logistical efficiency, with environmental factors, strategic positioning, laws and policy adherence, and cost maintenance. Therefore, the need to be competitive, reach new markets, source new goods and raw materials globally, have all been key contributors to the imperative to development effective and efficient supply chains.

Dissertation (40 credits)

The dissertation demands a high level of individual application and commitment to research.  It provides students with an opportunity to identify, reflect on and explore a topic in significant detail.  That topic should fall under one or more of the following broader themes: organisation, management, work, business.  Your research may constitute either a traditional academic project or an applied management report.

Fees and finance


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £9,495 p.a.
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,055 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £14,607 p.a.

Further Information

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements


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Facilities and Resources

At the University of Suffolk, whatever you choose to study, you will be working in state-of-the-art surroundings.  We have invested across the University to create environments that showcase the latest teaching facilities and support our students to achieve great things.

The Waterfront Building and the Atrium Building which houses the Innovation Labs (ILabs), will generally be the base during your postgraduate course.

Skills development

Our team of Academic Skills Advisors, Librarians and Digital Learning Specialists work together to provide you with a range of online and face to face skills development opportunities which enables you to shape your learning and make it work for you.  Our programme aims to help you become a confident, independent, highly skilled graduate. We offer support with all aspects of academic work and integrity, as well as research skills, the use of technology in learning, and wider support for personal learning and revision techniques, time management, and support for any students with specific learning difficulties.

Learning technologies

Learning is the central part of the University Online Learning Environment (OLE).  It brings together a range of tools used by course teams in their teaching and learning.  We also provide you with an informal online learning space (BrightSpace).


The Libraries at the University of Suffolk and across the Learning Network provide you with access to IT facilities, study spaces, and the resources you need for your reading and research.  These are provided through our online search tool

and include:

  • Millions of full text electronic journal articles
  • Over 300,000 full text e-books, Over one million streamed broadcasts from over 60 TV and radio channels
  • DVDs and print resources
  • Subject guides bringing together key resources and information sources

 All students can visit and borrow from all of the University of Suffolk Libraries including the Library in Ipswich, which is open seven days a week, all year round.