Taught course

International Business Management

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Normally a good honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent, in a business related subject. We will also consider your application if you have significant management experience or degree equivalent professional qualifications.

Students choose a named pathway in marketing and PR, finance, human resource management, project management or logistics and supply chain management.

Months of entry


Course content

Designed to further develop the understanding of the business knowledge you gained during your first degree, this programme will enhance your skills in the key areas of business by placing them in an international business context. Studying areas such as international strategy and the international environment, you will gain an understanding of theoretical and conceptual management through a globally-focused core syllabus.

The Specialist Stream unit enables you to focus on a particular professional area of your choice such as marketing, logistics management, project management, HR, finance, digital business or strategy.

This course is taught at the Business School by an international team of research-active specialists. You will also visit local companies and be invited to attend guest lectures. Through our internship programme you will have the opportunity to gain a short-term placement in a business to put your learning into real practice.

You will study the following units:

  • International Environment - This unit seeks to develop a critical awareness of the international economic and political factors which define the global economy and influence international business practices.
  • International Strategy and Management - The unit provides an in-depth analysis of strategic development options, and examines a range of theoretical perspectives in the international business context.
  • Investigating Business Practice - You will work on a live business problem, from the setting of objectives through to the production and presentation of recommendations for a business audience.
  • Research Methods - This unit develops your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level.
  • Dissertation - You will be required to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of your achievements and conclusions.
  • One Specialist Steam Unit*

*You can select from a range of specialist stream units that will enable you to specialise in a particular subject area. These include:

  • Behavioural Economics & Financial Decision Making
  • Corporate Finance and Strategy
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices
  • Project Management Concepts and Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing Strategy
  • Strategic Information Systems & Technology
  • International and Comparative HRM
  • Key Debates in Contemporary International Relations

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits + 60 credit dissertation).

This programme aims to equip aspiring management professionals to enter their chosen management field. Students who have successfully completed the MSc IBM have gone on to work for companies such as HSBC, Asda, British Gas and Total.

Special Features

  • You will be taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on All Saints Campus.Watch the video to find out more.
  • Extensive use of the University's online virtual learning portal (Moodle) to provide additional learning materials, communication and also as an aid to discussions.
  • You will have the opportunity to visits to local companies to see them in operation.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to Manchester Met’s website for the latest fee information.
International students
Please refer to Manchester Met’s website for the latest fee information.

For further information about funding your postgraduate study, please visit Manchester Met’s fees and funding page: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
8 months


full time
4 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations34
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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