The course

Delivery type
Up to 4 years
Intake date



The MA International Business Management programme provide comprehensive insight into contemporary business management practice, with the opportunity to choose one of four specialist pathways providing a foundation for your professional career.  In Year 1, students on all International Business Management degrees follow a common course, which provides a strong grounding in the principles of modern business management. Year 2 introduces the more functional areas of business and management including Marketing, HRM, Operations Management and Human Resource Management (HRM). In Years 3 and 4 students choose from a range of specialist HRM courses which allow them to tailor their degree to meet their particular career needs


The MA International Business Management programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai. All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Course content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introductory Economics
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • Enterprise and its Business Environment
  • Business Skills 
  • The Economy 
  • Introduction to Finance

Year 2

Semester 1

•    Fundamentals of Marketing
•    Human Resource Management
•    Commercial Law
•    Intercultural Issues in Business Management

Semester 2

•    Operations Management
•    Organisational Behaviour
•    Management Theories in Practice 
•    Option or elective

Optional courses available include Business Entities, Marketing Perspectives, Enterprise Concepts & Issues.

Year 3

Semester 1

•    Business Research Methods
•    Resourcing and Talent Management
•    Option
•    Option or Elective

Semester 2

•    Strategic Management
•    Critical Approaches to Management
•    Business Analysis and Consultancy 
•    Option or Elective

Optional courses available include Business Venturing, Project Management, Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Communications.

Year 4

Semester 1

•    International Business
•    Approved HRM option
•    Option

Semester 2

•    Approved HRM option
•    Global Trends and Ethics
•    Option

Across both semesters

•    Dissertation

Approved HRM options include Employee Resourcing and Diversity Management.
Optional courses available include Business Ethics; Logistics; Management Science; and Digital Marketing; 

Entry requirements

Our normal entry criteria are listed below. However, please note that the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.

Students who are eligible to be admitted directly into second year can choose to join the first year, where available. Similarly, students who are eligible to be admitted into the Advanced DEP programme can choose to join the DEP programme instead.

First year entry

  • GCE A-Level CCD (or BBBB at AS-Level)
  • CBSE or equivalent 65%
  • American High School Diploma + SAT 1s - 1000
  • UAE Tawjihiyya 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 24 points
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma MMM
  • Foundation year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Management) with a BBBB.
  • African WAEC / NECO / WASSCE B2 including English and Maths
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent – 70%
  • Curriculum Russian/Kazakhstan (Attestat) with minimum grade of 5 + IELTS 6.0

Second year entry

  • GCE A-Level CCC in relevant business subjects
  • International Baccalaureate 24 points
  • CBSE 75%
  • American High School 70% + 3 AP at grade 4 OR Minimum 3 SAT 2’s 500 each
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) PPP
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma DDD
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent – 85%
  • Students with an HND, an OND Upper Credit or have completed first year at a Nigerian University with strong grades, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Academic (with no element below 5.5).

Fees and funding

  • AED 58800 per year*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

Scholarships and bursaries

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