The course

Course type
Entry date
September, January

At the heart of this contemporary MSc programme lies modern business theory and its application in a defined practical setting. Featuring the suite of Business Management specialist courses and led by Edinburgh Business School academics.



Entry dates

MSc International Business Management with Placement has two entry points: September and January. Both entry points are open for new applications now. Please note your preferred entry point when completing your application form.

The degree

The Edinburgh Business School aims to provide forward-thinking, practical, focused MSc degrees that are outward looking and focused on the global business world. As part of our programme, you will study specialist subjects from across the business sphere including; international business context, competitive strategy, research philosophy and practice, and business economics.

Our courses provide insight into relevant social, political, legal, and macroeconomic conditions affecting international business and will develop your skills in decision-making, people management, leadership and team working. 

You will learn how to critically evaluate and implement theories, concepts and techniques of business and apply this knowledge to practical contexts through industry-focused, case-study led projects and ultimately your Industry Placement.

Course content

The Industry Placement

At the Edinburgh Business School, we work with corporate business partners from across the world and have a team of designated professionals who will work with you to identify your Industry Placement.

We have a suite of pre-arranged placement opportunities and the team will meet with you at the end of year 1 to ensure that we match you with a suitable placement, which meets your professional career path aims. We encourage you to utilise your own professional network to source independent placements, and our team will work with your contacts to secure and manage these additional Industry Placements. Our business organisations will use an interview process to recruit their placement students.

As the placement is credit bearing, to progress onto the placement year you will need to reach the designated attainment status beforehand.

In Year 1 - Semesters 1 and 2 students take 2 mandatory and 2 optional courses
In Year 2 - Students take part in their Industry Placement and complete a Dissertation 

Year 1: Semester 1 (Sept - Dec) Year 1: Semester 2 (Jan - April)
International Business Context Business Economics
Competitive Strategy Research Philosophy and Practice

2 from a range of options including:

  • Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma
  • Global Purchasing and Supply
  • Contemporary Business Technology
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Measuring and Managing Performance
  • Operations Management
  • Work Culture & Organisations
  • Marketing Logistics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Financial Analysis
  • Performing Identities: Festivals and Global Heritage
2 from a range of options including:
  • Managing Diversity in Business
  • Green and Sustainable Logistics
  • Demand and Inventory Planning
  • Quality Management and Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Marketing

Mandatory courses: 

International Business Context - Semester 1 

Explores the nature of a firm’s response to the challenges of internationalisation by examining the strategic basis, method and direction of international strategies. Examines both multi- and micro-nationals and utilises conventional strategic tools to study international strategies.

Competitive Strategy - Semester 1

Examines how companies compete by developing and understanding the interactions and relationships between theoretical concepts; examining the individual components of strategic management models and considering how companies may achieve and sustain competitive advantage.

Business Economics - Semester 2 

Provides knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics and to be able to apply this knowledge and understanding in the analysis of a range of economic problems.

Research Philosophy and Practice - Semester 2 

Provides an understanding of the social science research process, as well as theory and approaches to research. Develops practical skills (i.e. quantitative and qualitative techniques) in data analysis to transform the raw data into information that guides marketing management valuations.

Examples of Optional Business Management Courses available: 


Looking at the role of marketing and its application in an international business context, highlighting the crucial role of contemporary issues within marketing as part of the increasingly competitive global environment.


The course looks at how to comprehend different theories of leadership, focusing on the links between effective and appropriate leadership and organisational strategy and will consider leadership practice in various real-life or simulated contexts. 

Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma

This course will to introduce you to the principles of Lean Six Sigma thinking, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma and teach you the wider implications of strategic issues in organisation management and how these impact on continuous improvement programmes. 

Work Culture and Organisations

This course is concerned with work culture at the individual, group and organisational level. Topics covered include Scientific Management and the HR School, the organisation and the external environment, power, politics and influence in organisations, approaches to leadership, performance and reward, organisational culture.

Project Management

This course examines monitoring and controlling projects. You will develop competence in the use of quantitative and qualitative project planning and control tools and techniques.

Demand and Inventory Planning

This course will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant demand and inventory management concepts, teach the impact of forecasting and inventory on supply chain performance. You will be able to critically appreciate the complexities and dynamics of managing inventories in the multi-echelon network.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.

If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking and listening)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)


Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7400
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7400
Overseas £16400

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

Additional fees information

The fees listed above apply to Year 1 of this MSc. The fees for the Placement Year are indicated below.

Placement Year Tuition fees (by residency status)
Status* Full-time
Scotland / Non-UK EU £2,000
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £2,000
Overseas £2,000

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.