MSc International Business Management

Meet the challenges of today's international business world - fast-paced, knowledge-based and interconnected across the globe. GCU's MSc International Business Management equips you with successful strategies, policies and practices key to managing these challenges. Further, it prepares you for responsible leadership, cross-cultural awareness and global citizenship so that you can find success in your work while contributing to the common good.

GCU's community brings together a culturally diverse group of classmates and colleagues to foster collaboration, innovation and growth. You'll learn from accomplished professors and industry professionals, alongside entrepreneurial and talented classmates from all over the world. You'll expand your knowledge, leadership skills and interpersonal skills - as well as your perspective. At GCU, the process of becoming a leader is academic, practical and social.

The curriculum brings together theoretical knowledge and real-world skills in international business.

  • Understand the challenges faced by today's managers and develop methods to address them
  • Learn from interactive sessions with industry professionals
  • Explore real-world case studies
  • Collaborate on group presentations and projects
  • Sharpen your skills in analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking

Through a practical, career-focused curriculum, the MSc International Business Management will prepare you for a highly successful career in international business management.

As a responsible business person, an ethical decision-maker, and a strong leader with integrity, you will contribute to the common good and make a positive impact in your community.

Your career

GCU graduates rate highly on their business knowledge and skills. They're strong leaders. They're culturally aware with a global perspective. For these reasons, our graduates find career success both in the UK and across the world.

MSc International Business Management graduates are competitive candidates for business roles in public, private and third sector organisations.

International Economics and Finance

Equips you with the analytical tools and theoretical concepts of economics and finance.

Managing People and Performance

Develops your critical understanding of challenges relating to the effective Ensures you develop the skillset to manage international organisations and achieve sustainable performance.

Brand Value – Inception to Delivery

Explores the role of technology and the creative process in the development of brands, combining the study of theory, technology and professional practice, you will develop and virtually produce a new brand concept.

Global Strategy – Challenges and Choices

Enables you to develop a critical understanding of challenges and choices in the global business environment and implications for strategic management.

Contemporary Issues for Business and Society

Explores the geopolitical, economic, social and technological environments in which businesses operate and encourages you to critically reflect upon these issues. Personal and Professional Development Enables you to identify, understand, develop and articulate your personal abilities in the context of your future career aspirations.

Research Methods

Develops advanced skills related to a range of research methods needed for academic and practical research at Masters level. Dissertation

The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a selective area of international business.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used which are designed to develop your intellectual, professional and transferable skills in relation to the programme. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include: individual reports, group presentations, portfolios, blogs, class tests, exams and projects.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

  • 2017/18


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
16 Months
22 Jan 2018
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 16 Months 22 Jan 2018 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

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

English language

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.

Additional information

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.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

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Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.

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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.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

View our January 2018 scholarships.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 22 January 2018 and 14 September 2018 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.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students are eligible for Associate Membership whilst studying on the programme, and subject to CMI approval, may also be awarded a CMI certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Postgraduate Scholarships

Help fund your studies with a postgraduate scholarship from GCU. Discounts, bursaries, and scholarships available.