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The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type

Become a truly global manager of the future by studying in our Malaysia or Dubai campus as part of your degree.



Business Management at Heriot-Watt is ranked 3rd in Scotland and top 10 in the UK in the Guardian University League Tables 2018. We offer six flexible undergraduate pathways in International Business Management which cover our core areas of expertise with a strong industry focus.

  • International Business Management MA (Hons)
  • International Business Management with Business Law MA (Hons)
  • International Business Management with Enterprise MA (Hons)
  • International Business Management with Human Resource Management MA (Hons)
  • International Business Management with Marketing MA (Hons)
  • International Business Management with Year Abroad MA (Hons)

With each of these specialisms we aim to provide our students with the skills and expertise they need to thrive in the positions, organisations and industries of the future by reflecting the most current thinking and practices of successful organisations and their leaders.

To achieve this we take an innovative approach to learning and teaching which puts cutting-edge business theory through a ‘real-world filter’. This sees regular industry speakers and case-study driven assignments bring our teaching in business management to life.

Go Global

Heriot-Watt University’s unique Go Global project is fully available to those studying our Undergraduate International Business Management degrees, meaning our students can study one or more semesters of their degree across our three main campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia. The chance to travel, study and gain experience in three different countries with very different cultures helps prepare our students to become global citizens and stand out in recruitment markets following graduation.

Our MA in International Business Management with a Year Abroad offers students further scope to gain global experience as they study the entirety of Year 3 at one of partner institutions in one of our partner institutions worldwide.


Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for the purpose of gaining CIM qualifications through the Multi-Award Pathway (MAP).

Course content

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 and Operations Management. In Years 3 and 4 students choose from a range of specialist Business Management courses which allow them to tailor their degree to meet their particular career needs.

Detailed course guide
Year 1

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

  • Enterprise and its Business Environment
  • Business Skills
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Finance
Year 2

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Commercial Law
  • Option or elective

Semester 2

  • Operations Management
  • Option
  • Option
  • Option or elective

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

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Business Research Methods
  • Option
  • Option
  • Option or Elective

Semester 2

  • Strategic Management
  • Option
  • Option
  • Option or Elective

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

There may be an opportunity to undertake an internship with a relevant firm or organisation in the summer following third year. These internships are allocated on a competitive basis.

Year 4

Semester 1

  • International Business
  • Option
  • Option

Semester 2

  • Option
  • Option
  • Option or Elective

Across Both Semesters

  • Dissertation

Optional courses available in the fourth year include Business Ethics; The Contemporary Workforce; Logistics; International Business Law; Diversity Management; Management Science; Digital Marketing; and Company Law.