MSc International Business Management

The course

Full-time, Part-time
Course type
Entry date
September, January

The Edinburgh Business School's MSc International Business Management takes business theory and applies it to defined, practical settings. It builds vital understanding of the modern business world and allows you to shape your learning to your ambitions.


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The Edinburgh Business School creates tomorrow's leaders for tomorrow's markets. We provide forward-thinking, practical Masters degrees that are outward looking and focused on the global business world. 

This one-year postgraduate programme, MSc International Business Management, allows you to study specialist subjects from across the business sphere, including:

  • International Business Context
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Research Philosophy and Practice
  • Business Economics.

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

In addition, you will select two optional courses in Semester 1 and two optional courses in Semester 2. Shaping your MSc study in this way allows you to develop knowledge and skills that reflect your unique career aspirations.

Ultimately, 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.

This is a conversion MSc

MSc International Business Management is a conversion degree programme led by academics from Edinburgh Business School. It introduces the study of business and management to graduates and professionals from non-management backgrounds who wish to enhance their careers. 

This degree introduces vital business knowledge to those with limited academic experience in the subject and provides an opportunity to develop versatile management skills in just one year of study. Coupled with specialist learning in key areas of business, it develops modern management skills to complement existing knowledge and prepare graduates for a career shift or management role.

January 2023 entry

The application deadlines for January 2023 entry are the 1 December 2022 for EU and overseas applicants and the 18 December 2022 for UK applicants. We guarantee to consider any completed applications received by the appropriate date. Unfortunately, we will not be able to consider any applications received after these deadlines for our January intake.

September 2023 entry 

The deadline for applications from UK students is 31 August 2023. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 1 August 2023.

Course content

Semester 1: (September - December) Semester 2 (January - April)
International Business Context Business Economics
Competitive Strategy Research Philosophy and Practice

Two 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

Two from a range of options including:

  • Managing Diversity in Business
  • Green and Sustainable Logistics
  • Demand and Inventory Planning
  • Quality Management and Engineering
  • Project Management

Mandatory Courses Semester 1

International Business Context 

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

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.

Mandatory Courses Semester 2

Business Economics 

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

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.

Optional Courses


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 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

We require a 2:1 honours degree, or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

Owing to a large increase in demand we are being more selective and cannot guarantee that all applicants meeting the minimum entry requirements will be offered a place

Global College - successful completion of our one-year Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma in Business Studies or the four-month Pre-Masters (Accelerated).

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 & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)


Tuition fees for entry
Status Full-time Part-time
UK £8320 £4160
Overseas £18520 £9260


  1. 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. Find out more about tuition fees.
  2. Overseas includes applications from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in the UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

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.