Modern, culturally diverse and dynamic business environments are growing globally and as a result we are witnessing a surge in demand for graduates with a world view of what a successful business can look like.
International business has experienced huge growth as a direct result of globalisation. Join Glasgow Caledonian University's Glasgow School for Business and Society and find a modern, international setting where ethical business practices are nurtured and international business theory is put to the test.
Key factors driving this growth include new and emerging markets, technological advancements, labour mobility, sophisticated logistics and supply chains, and the growth of business support networks for entrepreneurs. Opportunities for graduates at masters level have never been greater and through the international business management programme you will experience activities that many different industry sectors demand from their management professionals.
GCU will prepare you for a career in business and develop you as a leader and manager who can add value to your chosen organisation through the application of the knowledge learned on this programme in an international arena.
Glasgow Caledonian University developed the MSc International Business Management to teach you the most sought after attributes that modern global businesses need in order to perform successfully in their market. You will benefit from our focus on creating graduates who share our values of integrity, creativity and responsibility and we will enable you to take these principles and apply them in your chosen business environment.
You benefit from membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) which gives you access to further accredited study opportunities, mentoring, conferences, webinars and workshops, further enhancing your employability with this opportunity to focus on your continual professional development.
Start your journey to becoming a global business leader by learning these key aims:
- Learn to critically evaluate appropriate models and techniques for diverse competitive environments in the global economy
- Gain practical insights into applicable methods for international business management including managing diversity, strategy, risk and finance
- Develop an entrepreneurial mind-set with an ethos of ethical business practice, sustainability and management leadership responsibility
- Become an effective global citizen by understanding how to adapt to different business practices in a variety of cultural environments.
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Typical entry requirements
UK Honours degree 2:2 or equivalent
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
Entry options for international applicants
If you are an international applicant and do not meet the academic requirements above you may be eligible for an International Graduate Diploma or Pre-sessional pre-masters programme at INTO Glasgow. Based in our Glasgow campus, successful completion of an INTO course with the required grades provides you with a guaranteed conditional offer of a place on this degree.
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Tuition fees 2019/20
Tuition fees 2018/19
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As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
A Santander fee scholarship of £5,000 is available to study a full time Masters level programme at GCU. Find out more.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.
Global Strategy: Challenges and Choices
This module will help you understand the major trends that have emerged in the global trading environment including the globalisation of industries, opportunities from geo-political change, and the role of technology in driving change. You will develop an understanding of formulating global strategies in different industry settings, how to analyse and review progress to meet aims and objectives and learn to evaluate and select appropriate strategic options.
Financial Management for Global Decision Makers
During this module you will be exposed to detailed analysis of financial statements, prepared in accordance with international accounting standards, short and long term financing decisions, financial governance and international taxation and accounting techniques for decision making, planning and control. This module applies all topics in a context relevant to the needs of managers, thus ensuring that your business knowledge will be broadened and will be relevant in your future career.
International Marketing Management
This module provides an understanding of the key decision making areas within the marketing function in a global context, and offers you the opportunity to develop an in depth understanding of some of the challenges facing marketers in modern global organisations. You will learn the key issues surrounding the marketing management process, branding, the use of technology in marketing, and ethical challenges in the global arena.
Managing People in Global Organisations
Globalisation has brought into focus the role played by the skilled workforce in terms of maintaining competitive advantage in the sector, however it also raises significant organisational, management and ethical challenges. The aim of the module is to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the key concepts, strategies and practices for managing people in preparation for your future career.
International Operations Management
You will gain an understanding of the design process for products and services, the current issues surrounding international business operations, and the risks and issues within global and green supply chains. Throughout the module case studies from around the world will be used to illustrate the topics discussed and to encourage discussions and decision making for different sectors.
Risk and Organisational Resilience
This module introduces you to the key theoretical concepts of risk management processes and practices. It will provide you with a thorough understanding of risk management strategy, culture, and operations, while encouraging you to consider cutting edge risk issues. Throughout the module you will evaluate the use of an enterprise-wide approach to risk management which can develop resilient organisations, and you will learn the importance of creating a risk-aware culture for achieving positive outcomes.
Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership
By examining the private, public and social enterprise sectors, you will be equipped with a set of analytical tools and concepts to drive responsible decision-making, whilst highlighting the difference between compliance and ethically driven behaviours. You will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of real world issues, from a UK and global perspective, and learn from the PRME related principles and the Common Good attributes which are central to this module.
Applied Professional Practice
Following on from the knowledge you have gained in Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership and with a focus on self-reflection, in this module you will develop your professional competence by undertaking a professional engagement activity. The link between these two core modules reinforces the significance of ethical and responsible decision making and leadership within your future career.
Masters Research Project
The final element of the programme is the Masters Research Project which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research. You will apply methods and theories that are commonly used within International Business Management and with the support of internationally published literature demonstrate best practice in this field.
As a graduate in international business management you can provide companies with the important analytical and organisational skills they need to identify important opportunities, solve business critical problems, and provide the appropriate advice and recommendations to help grow revenues and improve the overall business performance.
The opportunity to engage in international business has never been greater with graduates working in a variety of organisational settings such as non-profit organisations, public sector and social enterprises. Our graduates have gained jobs around the world in a variety of positions from employers such as Ekta Engineers, K2 Partnering Solutions, Four Seasons and Avanade Italy.