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MA International Business Management

Key information

Our MA (Hons) International Business Management programme puts business theory through a real-world filter, developing the specialist knowledge and interpersonal skills needed to thrive in the positions, organisations, and industries of the future. 

Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
Mode of delivery
4 years
Start date

The MA (Hons) International Business Management programme will allow you to develop knowledge, understanding and subject skills related to the principles and practice of modern business management. You’ll understand statistical techniques that are appropriate to business. You’ll be provided with opportunities to explore and develop links with industry, which will prepare you for employment in a variety of management careers. 

During this degree, you’ll develop important transferable skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and teamwork. You’ll also develop creativity skills and will build on your confidence and research abilities which will help you succeed in your career and personal life.  

Each course will equip you with highly employable expertise and skills across business management. Throughout this four-year degree, you’ll have the opportunity to choose optional courses – from human resource management, operations, marketing, and consumer behaviour – to customise your learning and develop your specific business management interests. Your dissertation will allow you to engage in an independent in-depth critical examination of a particular business management topic, which is of interest to you.  

Your student experience

Our programmes are informed by an Industry Advisory Board of business leaders who ensure our curriculum matches the needs of global employers. 

The Edinburgh Business School approach ensures that an industry focus is built into every part of this degree, so that your studies reflect the current thinking and practices of successful organisations and their leaders.  

The industry experience and research expertise of our staff brings your teaching and learning to life with case study-driven assignments and applied group projects, complemented with guest lectures from industry leaders, CEOs and directors of national and multinational organisations.  

Go Global

With Go Global, Heriot-Watt's global student programme, you can carry your studies to new places and experience new cultures, expanding your horizons on the way. You'll discover what it means to be a true global citizen and emerge prepared for wherever your career journey will take you.

European Exchange

This Exchange Programme enables you to study or work in Europe as part of your degree programme, usually for a full academic year.

Worldwide Exchange

This Exchange Programme enables you to study outside of Europe as part of your degree programme, usually for a full academic year.

Inter-Campus Transfer: Dubai

Discover new friends and places with an inter-campus transfer to Dubai.

Inter-Campus Transfer: Malaysia

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Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

Mandatory September

  • Academic Skills
  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Mandatory January

  • Discovering Business
  • The Economy
  • Becoming a Professional

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Fees and funding

ScotlandPaid by SAAS
England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland£9,250
  • Status: Your residency status is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course.
  • International: 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above).

Scholarships and bursaries

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

Standard entry requirements for the first year of our MA (Hons) International Business Management are as follows:

  • Scottish Highers of AABB
  • A-Levels of BBC - ABB
  • International Baccalaureate 29 points
  • BTEC awards of DDM (in relevant subjects; business, accountancy or finance preferred.)
  • HNC of B in graded unit (Business preferred)
  • HND BB

Minimum entry requirements for the first year of the course include*:

  • Scottish Highers of BBBC
  • A-Levels of BBC - ABB

* Under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our minimum and standard entry requirements

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.


Work and study

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Potential career paths

  • Finance Professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals

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