MA (Hons) International Business Management

The course

Course code
KPT/JPS (R/340/6/0657) (FA7425) 03/26
Delivery type
3 years
Intake date
September, January

With very close links with industry, commerce and relevant professional bodies, our business-related programmes are world-renowned for its teaching and research.


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As the modern business world becomes increasingly complex, understanding the fundamental way in which businesses and organisations operate - how they develop their strategies and take key decisions - is vital.

Our International Business Management programmes help you to examine businesses and organisations; understand their structures and workings, people and decision making processes; and then relate the theory to actual business situations to prepare yourself for the real world.

You’ll develop valuable communication, problem solving and teamwork skills, and our programmes also offer relevant hands-on experience.

All International Business Management degrees provide a strong grounding in the principles of modern business management and also introduce the more functional areas of business and management.

International Business Management students choose from a range of business oriented courses which allow students to tailor their degree to meet their career needs and aspirations.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and project work. Course assessment is generally based on either coursework or an exam at the end of the semester, or a mixture of the two at the end of the semester or academic year.


This programme is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). In accordance with our normal practice our professionally orientated programmes are designed to meet the educational requirements for membership of relevant professional institutions. In addition to recognition within Malaysia, we seek accreditation by the relevant UK or international professional bodies in accordance with their standard procedures.

*The degree of Master of Arts (MA) is an undergraduate Honours degree, awarded by the ancient universities in Scotland and the UK including Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Cambridge and Oxford. At other universities in Scotland and the UK, undergraduate degrees in the arts, liberal arts, humanities or social sciences are awarded as Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Course content

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Enterprise: Concepts and Issues
  • Operations Management
  • Business Skills
  • Choose 2 optional courses or elective courses

Optional courses available in Year 1 include:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Others

Year 2

  • Business Research Methods
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Analysis and Consulting
  • Choose 5 optional or elective courses

Optional courses available in Year 2 include

  • Business Venturing
  • Innovation Management
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Marketing Communications
  • Critical Approaches to Management

Year 3

  • International Business
  • Global Trends and Ethics
  • Choose 4 optional courses or elective courses

Across both semesters:

  • Management Dissertation

Optional courses available in Year 3 include:

  • International Entreprenuership
  • The Contemporary Workforce
  • Retail Marketing
  • Marketing Sustainability
  • Changing Trends in Employment
  • Marketing and Management in SMEs
  • High Growth Companies

*Information correct at time of publication and may be subject to change


International Business Management degrees provide a very wide range of employment options, and our graduates have an excellent reputation with employers. Our management graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in marketing, operations and financial management as well as company management consultancy.

Entry requirements

  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Business: CCCC
  • A-Level/STPM: CCC
  • CPU: 70%
  • UEC: 20 points or less (5 subjects not less than B grade)
  • SMA 3 (Indonesia): 7.5
  • IB Diploma: 25 points
  • Diploma deemed recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.
  • Any other relevant qualification deemed recognised by the Malaysian Government.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, then evidence of proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 is required.

If you do not have IELTS 6.0, we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.


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