Available in Clearing 2020 for:

  • Scotland (Widening Access Places only)
  • England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • International

The course

UCAS code
4 years
Delivery type

Business Management at the Edinburgh Business School was ranked 7th best in the UK in the NSS 2018. This industry-focused degree puts specialist business theory through a real world filter to develop graduates who can add real value to organisations.



Business Management at the Edinburgh Business School was ranked third in Scotland and top 10 in the UK in the Guardian University League Tables 2018. It also achieved the seventh highest level of student satisfaction in the UK in the National Student Survey 2018. 

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

The theory taught at Edinburgh Business School is informed by the industry experience and research expertise of our staff. They bring their subjects to life with a dynamic mix of lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops and case study-informed learning. 

In Year 1 you will study a common suite of mandatory courses to provide you with a solid, universal understanding of the key principles and practices of modern business. Maintaining a consistent programme of study across all seven International Business Management pathways in Year 1 means it is easy for students to switch their specialism as they move into Year 2.

Year 2 introduces functional areas of business and management such as marketing, operations management and human resource management. Years 3 and 4 offer greater choice to allow you to tailor your degree to your career aspirations.

In addition to specialist business knowledge, you will develop important transferable skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and team working, as well as creativity, confidence and research abilities. These skills will help you succeed in your career and personal life.


Specialist pathways

The MA (Hons) International Business Management is the most flexible of our international business management degrees. If you wish to study a specialist pathway, you can apply for one of our seven other degree programmes in the subject:  

The Edinburgh Business School approach

An industry focus is built into every course on this degree to ensure that your studies reflect current thinking and practices of successful organisations and their leaders. Our courses are brought to life with case study-driven assignments, applied group projects and guest lectures from industry leaders. 

For example, the presentation series Edinburgh Business School Presents gives you the chance to attend regular guest lectures from CEOs and directors of national and multinational organisations who share their vast experience across key areas of business. 

The Professional Development Track

The Professional Development Track (PDT) is our suite of practice-focused courses that run through this degree and prepare you to add real value to your employer as soon as you graduate. Through the four PDT courses, you will learn how to analyse, report, present and consult in a professional way, and learn about the real-world contexts in which global business operates.  

These courses have been designed in response to the needs of practitioners and employers who told us what they are looking for in graduating students. By building in the requirements of industry, the PDT allows graduates to be immediately useful at work, with the attributes, skillsets and practical knowledge that future employers value.

Go Global – study in Dubai and Malaysia

Heriot-Watt University’s unique Go Global project is open to those studying undergraduate international business management degrees at the Edinburgh Business School. This means our students can spend one semester or up to two full academic years at our campuses in Dubai and Malaysia. The chance to travel, study and gain experience in three different countries with different business cultures will help you stand out as a global citizen and give you an edge in the recruitment market following graduation.

Students who have taken part in inter-campus transfers have told us how it has helped build their confidence, broaden their horizons and given them new perspectives. Employers have also told us that students with such a wide range of learning, working and life experiences stand out as candidates.

Student profile

My years were shaped significantly by the international exposure of studying in Dubai, Paris and Edinburgh. I knew this was the place to come for an international education to prepare for a career anywhere in the world, and the highly committed lecturers made every class a joy through engaging and practical activities.

Antonia Voight, MA (Hons) International Business Management

Course content

Year 1 - Semester 1 Year 1 - Semester 2
  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introductory Economics
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Elective
  • Enterprise and its Business Environment
  • Business Skills - PDT*
  • The Economy
  • Introduction to Finance
Year 2 - Semester 1 Year 2 - Semester 2
  • Human Resource Management
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Intercultural Issues in Business Management
  • Commercial Law
  • Operations Management
  • Management Theories in Practice - PDT
  • Option
  • Elective
Year 3 - Semester 1 Year 3 - Semester 2
  • Business Research Methods
  • Option
  • Option
  • Elective
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Analysis and Consulting - PDT
  • Option
  • Elective
Year 4 - Semester 1 Year 4 - Semester 2
  • Dissertation 1
  • International Business
  • Option
  • Option
  • Dissertation 2
  • Global Trends and Ethics - PDT
  • Option
  • Option

* PDT = Professional Development Track

Year 2

Semester 2 options

  • Business Entities
  • Enterprise Concepts and Issues
  • Marketing Perspectives
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Contemporary Economic Policy

Year 3

Semester 1 options

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Employment Law
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Project Management
  • Business Venturing
  • International Trade

Semester 2 options

  • Innovation Management
  • Critical Approaches to Management
  • Marketing and Consumer Law
  • Marketing Communications
  • Economics in the European Union 

Year 4

Semester 1 options

  • Managing Business Performance
  • Employment Relations
  • International Law of HRM
  • Leisure Marketing
  • Retail Marketing
  • The Contemporary Workforce
  • Development Economics 1

Semester 2 options

  • Business Ethics 
  • Social Enterprise
  • Marketing Sustainability
  • Changing Trends in Employment
  • International Business Law
  • Digital Marketing
  • Diversity Management
  • Marketing and Management in SMEs
  • Development Economics 2
  • International Company Law and Law of Corporate Governance


Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) International Business Management students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 60% are working
  • 15% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 55% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £24000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £21000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Business and public service associate professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements
  • Highers AAAB (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • BTEC DDM (Business preferred)
  • HNC B in graded unit (Business preferred)
  • HND B in graded unit (Business preferred)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BCC

* Minimum: 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

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB including one of Accounting, Business, Economics or Maths, plus AAAB at Higher
  • A-Levels ABB including one of Accountancy, Business, Economics or Maths
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points (with Higher Level Business at 5)
  • HNC A in graded unit (Business)
  • HND BB in graded units (Business)
  • BTEC DDD (Business-related subjects preferred)

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units (Business)

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to demonstrate that your English language ability is strong enough to succeed on your course. Please refer to our English language requirements.


Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £15,080

* 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.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

4 years for the price of 3

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

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 students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.