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International Business Management MSc

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

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


Our Master's programme celebrates the diversity of living and working across cultures. It will allow you to respond to the growing internationalisation of business and management practice.

You can choose to study either:

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

You'll need to choose the pathway you wish to study when you submit your application.

You'll focus on the skills and knowledge needed in today's global business environment.

The opportunities and challenges for international businesses are more and more complex. Increased mobility and globalisation of populations create new market opportunities and product possibilities.

Businesses want responsible managers who can:

  • work across cultures
  • capitalise on opportunities presented by a developing and dynamic business landscape

The course combines subject area and practice-focused skills modules with an individual project.


  • develop your knowledge and experience of thinking and working like an international manager
  • have 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
  • the employability strategy running throughout your Master's
  • engaging with international collaboration/exchange

About the Sustainability pathway

On this pathway, you’ll develop the skills needed to become a responsible business leader.

These all focus on sustainability and include:

  • business analysis
  • critical thinking
  • strategic decision making

You'll study specialist modules alongside the core content. These modules focus on worldwide sustainability issues.


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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 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.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 80 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:

  • regional, national and international leaders
  • over 34,000 alumni in our network, spanning over 150 countries
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry

The Business School is the gateway to Newcastle Helix - an innovation hub and community that brings together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers.

Our facilities include:

  • flexible conference room with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing over 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and over 25 seminar and teaching spaces, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • dedicated Student Hub and Quiet Space, providing a balanced mix of study space for group work or quiet, individual study
  • contemporary café
  • employability hub to support your career aspirations
  • Bloomberg Room to give you a real feel for the trading room floor
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics Lab, a state-of-the-art research facility for conducting studies in experimental economics and economic psychology

The Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle Helix also offers further study and learning spaces. This includes a 750 seat auditorium – the largest in the University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 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

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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INTO International Pre-Master's - Pathway course

Our Business and Humanities Pre-Master's will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. 

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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
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