Skip to main content

International Business Management MSc

Our International Business Management MSc will enable you to respond to the growing internationalisation of business and management practice.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year:

Start date(s):

  • September 2023


The following pathways are offered:

  • International Business Management MSc
  • International Business Management (Sustainability) MSc

This programme will allow you to respond to the growing internationalisation of business and management practice.

Our Master's programme celebrates the diversity of living and working across cultures. We focus on the skills and knowledge needed in today's global business environment.

The opportunities, and challenges, for international businesses are becoming ever more complex. Increased mobility and globalisation of populations create new market opportunities and product possibilities. Businesses are seeking responsible managers who can:

  • work across cultures
  • capitalise on the opportunities presented by this rapidly developing and dynamic business landscape

This course combines subject area and practice-focused skills modules with an individual project. You'll:

  • develop your knowledge and experience of thinking and working like an international manager
  • gain a rich introduction to the complexity of globalisation and cultural difference
  • progress to developing effective international strategies and managing change
  • cultivate a greater understanding of contemporary business issues

You'll enhance your management 'toolkit' through:

  • our links to industry
  • an employability strategy running throughout your Master's
  • the opportunity to engage with international collaboration/exchange

Sustainability pathway

The International Business Management MSc programme offers a specialist sustainability pathway. You can select to study the generic route or the sustainability pathway.

Alongside core content, you'll also study specialist modules focusing on worldwide sustainability issues.

With the sustainability pathway, you’ll develop the skills needed to become a responsible business leader. These include:

  • business analysis
  • critical thinking
  • strategic decision making

all with a focus on sustainability.

Important information

We've highlighted important information about your course. Please take note of any deadlines.

What you'll learn

You'll develop your knowledge and experience by working and thinking as an international manager does. You'll also gain an introduction to the complexity of globalisation and cultural differences.

You'll progress to:

  • develop effective international strategies
  • manage change
  • cultivate a greater understanding of contemporary business issues


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

You'll develop your management toolkit to support your professional transformation. Upon graduation, you'll be able to manage and lead with practical skills development.

Our links to industry mean that we also have an employability strategy running throughout the course. You'll have the opportunity for international collaboration/exchange, enhancing your toolkit.

You'll experience the challenges of managerial decision-making through:

  • case studies
  • business projects
  • visiting professionals

You'll use industry-standard software in our new Data Analytics for Managers module. This module's focus is to address organisational problems and opportunities.

You'll also run an international business, competing in teams in our international business strategy simulation.

Your future

Graduate destinations

Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:

  • international account manager
  • managing director
  • business development manager
  • relationship manager
  • human resource manager
  • personnel office manager
  • investment analyst
  • business intelligence analyst
  • import and export specialist
  • management consultant
  • project analyst


This course prepares you for a wide range of careers with employers, such as:

  • Hewlett-Packard
  • EY
  • Walmart Global Sourcing
  • Volkswagen
  • PwC
  • Grundfos
  • P&G
  • China National Petroleum Corporation
  • Kingsway Group
  • Ingman Capital Partners Ltd
  • People's Insurance Company of China
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Virgin Money
  • Caterpillar
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Find out more about:

Search for funding

Find funding available for your course

Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Download our admissions policy (PDF: 201KB)
Other policies related to admissions

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

INTO International Graduate Diploma - Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to apply

Using the application portal

The application portal has instructions to guide you through your application. It will tell you what documents you need and how to upload them.

You can choose to start your application, save your details and come back to complete it later.

If you’re ready, you can select Apply Online and you’ll be taken directly to the application portal.

Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.

Apply Online  

Open days and events

You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

Find out about how you can visit Newcastle in person and virtually

Overseas events

We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

Visit our events calendar for the latest events

Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Xin Li
Degree Programme Director
Newcastle University Business School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1503
Contact Newcastle University Business School


For more general enquiries you could also complete our online enquiry form.

Fill in our enquiry form

Live chat

Our Ncl chatbot might be able to give you an answer straight away. If not, it’ll direct you to someone who can help.

You'll find our Ncl chatbot in the bottom right of this page.

Keep updated

We regularly send email updates and extra information about the University.

Receive regular updates by email

Chat to a student

Chat online with current students with our Unibuddy platform.

Chat to a student

Social Media

Connect with Newcastle University Business School.