Plymouth Business School

MSc International Business

In today's global economy, the ability to think and work across geographic and political boundaries is imperative to not only conduct business in an international context but also to survive in such a competitive, globalised environment. This MSc is designed to give you the essential skills for professional and practical development, covering topics such as competitive marketing strategy, global supply chain management, leadership and management and international business environment.

Discover career-enhancing placement opportunities

MSc International Business offers a an optional placement over 18 or 36 weeks. A placement gives you opportunity to take what you’ve learned in the classroom out into the wider world, build your network and gain valuable experience in a business environment.

Join us in September or January

This programme offers you the option to start your studies in either September 2020 or January 2021.

Careers with this subject

Postgraduates in International Business have career opportunities in large multinational corporations and banks. Prospective recruiters include companies such as Vodafone and Lloyds Bank. Our postgraduates earn a starting salary that is significantly higher than that of undergraduates.

Key features

  • We are happy to welcome students from a broad range of undergraduate disciplines. We want to work with you if you are keen to place your discipline knowledge into an international business context or if you are a professional wanting to expand your experience and enter the world of multi-national enterprises.
  • This programme will be underpinned by a firm practical orientation.
  • Each module will reflect current practice and apply theories outlined to real world problems and scenarios
  • The programme will have its own dedicated seminar series delivered by executives from local, national and international companies.
  • MSc International Business offers a an optional placement over 18 or 36 weeks. A placement gives you opportunity to take what you’ve learned in the classroom out into the wider world, build your network and gain valuable experience in a business environment.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In a world that is rapidly globalising, future managers need to be competent in the latest international business models as well as in cross-cultural literacy. The MSc International Business programme provides you with the latest understanding of the world of international business in a rapidly globalising world. Focusing on both the theory and application of international business, you develop academic and employability skills. No prior background in international business is required. The modules in the first and second semesters equip you with the range of knowledge and skills that are needed to succeed in the dynamic and ever-changing world of international business. You will complete the programme by undertaking either a placement with a work-based learning project, or a more traditional research project.

    Core modules
    • ACF703 International Finance

      This module provides a wide perspective on international finance and how this relates to foreign exchange markets, derivatives markets and international parity theories. It also offers a thorough treatment of managing currency risks with modern instruments of hedging.

    • HRL715 Leading Managing and Developing People

      This module will provide an introduction to the complexities of leading, managing and developing people in the workplace. It is one of the core areas in the field of both Human Resource Management and Management, and through an exploration of both relevant theory and practice, it seeks to develop a critical understanding of the complexities and contested nature of leadership and management and the opportunities for leading and developing people, groups and organisations.

    • MKT708 International Marketing

      The module provides insights into the key theoretical principles and contemporary practice of international marketing. It delivers a comprehensive understanding of the environmental factors, marketing strategies and the marketing planning process associated with marketing in an international context.

    • STO702 Global Supply Chain Management

      One of the sweeping changes in the current global economy is global supply chain management (SCM). Effective management of global supply chains can take the advantages of not only global market but also global resources, to provide supply chains with formidable competitiveness. However, global SCM faces unprecedented challenges and can be more vulnerable because of their geographically long distance, high uncertainty and more sources of risks. This module will provide students with comprehensive knowledge in managing global supply chains, develop students, skills in analysing decisions related to global issues in SCM, and equip students with state-of-the-art technologies to move towards modern, professional and forward thinking supply chain specialists.

    • STO703 International Strategic Management

      This module focuses on the organisational structures and strategies appropriate to successful business management in a variety of different sectors and countries. It provides student with the opportunity to compare and contrast the practice of international strategic management in different business sectors, and within different cultural and economic contexts. The focus is on the managerial implications of a changing global business environment, the opportunities and threats of emerging economies and the impact this is having on dominant business management paradigms, structures and strategies.

    • STO708 International Business Context and Finance

      This module provides students with a broad overview of the environment in which the modern business manager will operate. It introduces available data sources and methods of analysis that can be applied to any specified industry and part of the world. In addition, the module aims to provide a foundation knowledge and understanding of the principles of accounting; examining published accounting information from a user's perspective.

    Optional modules
    • STO714 Project

      The module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of independent research in which they demonstrate the acquisition of the knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities appropriate to the awards.

    • STO715 Business Consultancy Project

      This module provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and understanding of business issues to a consultancy style project of their choosing. This will be undertaken with a short work placement.

    • STO716 Masters Placement Preparation

      This module enables students undertaking the master's placement module to understand the nature and processes involved in business and management research, provide the knowledge and skills required to carry out their own research and to be aware of the philosophical and ethical contexts in which research takes place. Students will be expected to develop a suitable and realistic research proposal.

  • Optional placement
  • You have the opportunity to undertake an optional placement over 18 or 36 weeks. As well as giving you industry-specific experience, undertaking a work placement year helps you develop key transferable skills that enhance your employability prospects on graduation.

    While it is your responsibility to find and secure a placement (deadline March), you will be helped and supported by the University. 

    International students who start their studies in the UK in 2020 or after could benefit from the new post-study work visa (PSW) for graduates. The visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies. If you are an international student with questions about the placement year please contact Programme Leader Atul Mishra to discuss further atul.mishra@plymouth.ac.uk

    If you opt for the 36 week placement you will first complete STO716 Master’s Placement Preparation, before going on to complete STO717 Master’s Placement Project in your second year.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Normal minimum entry requirements are a lower Second/2:2 class honours degree or equivalent. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

A good honours degree, first or second class, or equivalent, in any discipline.

If English is not your mother tongue 6.5 IELTS with a minimum of 5.5 in any element in a secure English language test. English language requirements.

The University of Plymouth offers pre-sessional English language courses if you do not have this.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2020 2021
Home/EU £8,800 To be confirmed
International £14,800 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £500 To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Current student insights

"The University staff has always been very kind and helpful to me and I feel that this is very vital for international students that are far away from home." – Kalliopi Vlachou

"The vibrant Students' Union, supportive business faculty, excellent library services and crucially, the diverse opportunities available to help students maximise their potential. All these aspects of the University inspire me to succeed." – Mariam Musa

Find out more about our current students' insights into studying on the programme at Plymouth

International perspectives for international business

On the MSc International Business programme you will be taught by a team of academics who come from all over the world helping to bring the world of International Business to life. We also make sure that our teaching methods enable you to apply theory to practice through experiential learning methods such as case study analysis, live projects and business simulations. This will help you translate your academic development more quickly into your working practices following graduation and share interesting examples of activities and projects to potential employers. Past students have secured positions within Finance, Banking, Shipping and Logistics.

In this short video Atul Mishra, Programme Manager, provides an insight into the MSc International Business programme at the University of Plymouth.

Gaining international insight

The MSc International Business programme enables our students to compare and contrast the practice of international strategic management in different business sectors, and within different cultural and economic contexts. 

  • The managerial implications of a changing global business environment, the opportunities and threats of emerging economies and the impact this is having on dominant business management paradigms, structures and strategies is a key focal point. 
  • International finance and developing an understanding of how foreign exchange markets, derivatives markets and international parity theories impact on international business activity is an equally valuable feature of this programme. There is also thorough treatment of managing currency risks with modern instruments of hedging.

Why complete a placement?

As well as giving you industry-specific experience, undertaking a work placement year helps you develop key transferable skills that enhance your employability prospects on graduation. Placements give you an appreciation of the business environment through hands-on experience and provide opportunities to build your network. 

  • Employers are more likely to favour graduates with work experience.
  • A placement will open the door to graduate opportunities. Employers regularly choose previous placement students for their graduate schemes.
  • Improve your degree results.
  • Get a taste of your chosen career.

People

Business and management with the University of Plymouth

The MSc International Business programme is part of a suite of business and management programmes offered by Plymouth Business School. These programmes cover marketing strategy, global supply chain management, leadership and the complex international business environment, with the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject area relevant to your current or future career.
This video provides an overview of the learning environment and what it is like to study postgraduate business and management with the University of Plymouth. Programmes in this suite include MSc Business and Management, MA Human Resource Management, MSc International Business, and MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in Plymouth Business School can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.