The course

Course code
KPT/JPS (N/345/6/0909)(PA7424) 03/21
Delivery type
3 years
Intake date

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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    Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Campus

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    +603 8894 3888

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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.

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 do a mandatory second year abroad, at another university where they gain international experience and international input in terms of the curriculum that they learn.

Second year is spent abroad as an MA International Business Management student at our partner universities in Australia:

  • University of Sydney
  • La Trobe University
  • RMIT University
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Western Australia

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.


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

  • Intercultural Issues in Business and Management
  • Management Theories in Practice
  • Commercial Law
  • Operations Management
  • Intercultural Issues in Business and Management
  • Management Theories in Practice
  • Choose 2 from optional courses

Optional courses available in Year 1 include:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Enterprise Concepts and Issues
  • Marketing Perspectives

Year 2

Students spend second year studying at one of our partners in Australia.  Students follow a programme similar to that of Year 2 of the MA (Hons) International Business Management with Year Abroad.

Year 3

  • International Business
  • Global Trends and Ethics
  • Choose 4 optional 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 vast array of career opportunities within international organisations, especially those that are establishing branches in foreign countries that need capable managers. Successful careers include international marketing manager, international operations manager, business development manager, international banking manager, international trade manager and many more.

Entry requirements

  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Business: CCCC
  • A-Level/STPM: CCC
  • SAM: ATAR 70
  • CPU: 70%
  • UEC: 2A 3B
  • SMA 3 (Indonesia): 7.5
  • IB Diploma: 25 points
  • Diploma deemed recognised by the Malaysian Government
  • 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.


View our tuition fees for this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of scholarships and sponsored scholarships.