The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

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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Overview

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 the area of tourism, it develops modern management skills to complement existing knowledge and prepare graduates for a career shift or management role.
 

Go Global

Some of our Postgraduate Taught Masters Programmes are eligible for Inter-Campus Transfer. Please contact goglobal@hw.ac.uk for further information

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide
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

Marketing

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.

Leadership

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

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

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7400 £3700
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7400 £3700
Overseas £16400 £8200

* 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.

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.

Featured scholarships

Merit Awards for international students starting postgraduate degree courses in 2020

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded offer holder you may be eligible for:

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