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MA International Business Management (Accelerated)

Key information

Our three-year 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.

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

During this accelerated degree, you will acquire crucial transferable skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and team working. You will also develop creativity skills and will build on your confidence and research abilities which will help you succeed in your career and personal life.    

Through years one, two and three of this accelerated MA (Hons) International Business Management programme, you’ll gain knowledge, understanding and subject skills related to the principles and practice of modern business management. You will be provided with opportunities to explore and develop links with industry, which will prepare you for employment in a variety of management careers. 

Each course will equip you with highly employable expertise and skills across business management. Throughout this degree, you’ll have the opportunity to choose optional courses – such as talent management, project management, consumer behaviour and innovation management – to customise your learning and develop your professional interests. Your dissertation will allow you to engage in an independent in-depth critical examination of a particular business management topic, which you wish to specialise in.  

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 bring your teaching and learning to life with case study-driven assignments and applied group projects, complemented by guest lectures from industry leaders.  

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Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

Students on the accelerated three-year degree will enter directly into Year 2 and not undertake Year 1 courses.

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

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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Additional information

Please note - As this is an accelerated degree, we will not offer 4 years for the price of 3.

Entry requirements

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

As this is an accelerated programme, entry is only available for Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB including one of the following: Accounting, Business, Economics or Maths plus AABB at Higher
  • A-Levels ABB including one of the following: Accountancy, Business, Economics, Maths
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points (including at least one of: Accountancy, Business, Economics, Maths at Higher Level 5)
  • HNC A in graded unit (Business)
  • HND BB in graded units (Business)
  • BTEC awards of DDM (Business related subjects preferred).
  • Global College Successful completion of our Business with Accelerator Programme

Please check that you meet our University-wide National 5/GCSE (or equivalent) English and Maths 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.


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  • Finance Professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals

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