MSc International Business Management

Interested in a high-flying career in international business?

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Do you work for an international business? Would you like to improve your employment or promotion prospects? Southampton Solent University’s MSc International Business Management programme can equip you with the broad range of decision making, critical thinking and people management skills required to become a well-rounded and globally aware business executive. 

  • Students study leadership, international commerce, management theory and organisational development – all within the context of global business.
  • Students work alongside experienced academics, researchers and business specialists, benefiting from their first-hand industry insights.
  • MSc International Business Management is a flexible course. Learners can spread the curriculum across one, two or three academic years.
  • Solent’s strong links with industry help provide students with access to live briefs, case studies and guest speakers.
  • Students who are completing the course alongside their regular career are encouraged to take part in work based learning – applying the skills they have learnt in the classroom directly to their workplace.
  • Full-time students have the opportunity to complete a work placement. This may form the basis of their final research project.
  • Postgraduate business management courses at Solent are recognised by the Chartered Management Institute.
  • The course is delivered through a blend of distance learning, classroom sessions and independent study.

The industry

The UK’s economic recovery is maintaining a strong pace, with some businesses feeling comfortable enough to focus on growth for the first time since the survival oriented recession years. A business management masters can help equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to capitalise on this growth and work in a range of different industries. The programme’s international focus puts students in a good position to pursue careers abroad, or with multinational businesses.

The programme

Southampton Solent University’s international business management master's programme focuses on genuine industry insight and practical workplace skills. Our expert teaching team maintain strong links with industry professionals, giving students access to guest lectures, live assessment briefs and work placements.

The course itself covers three main themes: personal management development, applied contemporary international management theory, and management research. Individual units are designed to prepare students for the everyday challenges of decision-making and leadership roles. 

Students benefit from our relationship with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and are able to hold a student membership throughout their studies. Graduates will be in a good position to pursue further study and achieve Chartered Manager (CMgr) status. 

Next steps

Think you could succeed as a manager in international business? Southampton Solent’s postgraduate international business management programme is the perfect way to improve your communication skills, business acumen and worldwide industry knowledge.

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  • 1 Year Standard entry


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Typical entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher, or an equivalent professional qualification

Recognised By




The course covers three main themes across seven core units.

Personal Management Development

  • Continuing Professional and Personal Development
    This unit will support you in articulating your individual CPD.
  • Business Skills for Leadership
    A unit to provide skills leadership support for the contemporary organisation.

Applied Contemporary International Management Theory

  • International Management in Context
    This unit will provide you with the theory and practice required to succeed as a manager in the international arena.
  • Organisational Development
    This unit is based on the application and transfer of behavioural science knowledge and practice.
  • International Business Issues and Practice
    This unit examines some of the most important contemporary business issues and practice faced by international organisations, preparing you for the challenges which may be faced in a decision-making role in your career.

Management Research

  • Management Research Methods
    This unit will develop the skills of inquiry and management research required primarily for the project, but also for all of the MSc programme units.
  • International Management/Work-Based/Consultancy Project
    Students have the opportunity to undertake a placement resulting in a work-based project, or to progress with a management or ‘live’ consultancy report with an international focus.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and individual supervision.

Work experience
You will have an opportunity to complete a placement, which may form the basis of your final project report. You can also choose to write about an organisation with which you are familiar, or your own workplace. For international students, this course provides a great opportunity to gain experience in UK industry.

Assessment is through individual coursework, including portfolios, written work, presentations and a final project.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment is an integral part of learning and teaching on this course. It provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, case studies, suggested reading and peer/tutor interaction.

Meet the Team

Tutors are highly experienced in their sectors, offering in depth knowledge of current business practise, including international organisations, start-up companies and professional bodies.


  • 1 Year Standard entry


  • 3 Years Standard entry
  • 2 Years Standard entry

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

On completing this course, you’ll be well placed to take your management career to the next level within your current organisation or elsewhere.

Links with industry

Where appropriate, you’ll have opportunities to apply course learning to your own, or other, organisations. This could involve case studies and live briefs (working on a real project with an industry client).

Transferable skills

You will develop a range of transferable skills, encompassing group working, presentation, research and analysis, working to deadlines and applying knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have pursued a variety of careers in roles such as:

  • HR Manager 
  • Financial Consultant 
  • Purchasing Coordinator 
  • Project Developer 
  • Account Manager  


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Part-time

Recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). CMI fee included in tuition fees.

Entry requirements


An honours degree at 2:2 or higher, or equivalent professional qualification and/or evidence of managerial experience.  

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £5,665
International full-time fees £12,380

UK and EU part-time fees (2 years): £2,835 per year
International part-time fees (2 years): Please contact us for information

UK and EU part-time (blended) fees, year one: £1,895 
UK and EU part-time (blended) fees, year two: £2,370
UK and EU part-time (blended) fees, year three: £1,420

International part-time (blended) fees: Please contact us for information

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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How to apply


Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

To apply please click the link below and complete the online application form.

Apply for full-time MSc International Business Management 

Apply for part-time MSc International Business Management

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:
• First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
• 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more. 

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.



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