Taught course

International Business and Management

University of Portsmouth · Department of Business and Management - Generalist Business

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

This 14-month programme starts every January. It develops your understanding of business and management topics in an international context.

It prepares you to take on a wide range of roles in organisations throughout the world, significantly accelerating your career.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Learn from enthusiastic lecturers and guest speakers from all over the world who are experts in their field and have recent corporate and/or academic research experience.
  • Benefit from a voluntary summer work placement to add work experience to your CV.
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection.

What opportunities might it lead to?

When you graduate, you will have an internationally recognised qualification that will equip you for employment in a wide range of business settings, both in the UK and overseas.

You will have a thorough grounding in business and management topics – international business in particular – enabling you to undertake roles in private or public sector organisations or start your own business.

Here are some roles you could pursue after graduation:

  • Financial analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Project and commercialisation manager
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Product manager
  • Account manager
  • Business development executive

Module details

In the first teaching block, from January to April, you will focus on two foundational elements of business management – Corporate Strategy and Financial Management. You will also study International Business and Global Sustainability to develop your understanding of important international issues that impact on business.

Classes focused on research methods in this teaching block will allow you to start researching information for your dissertation. You will receive specialist support to enable you to complete the first part of this assignment.

From September until December, you will explore Economics, International Marketing, Human Resource Management and Operations Management and gain a vital understanding of how these different subjects underpin the workings of all international organisations.

To achieve your Master’s degree, you will submit your dissertation at the end of February under the guidance of a supervisor.

Core units on this course include:

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Financial Management
  • International Business
  • Global Sustainability
  • Economics
  • International Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Dissertation

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Career prospects

This course enables you to pursue a broad range of management careers in the private and public sector. It is an ideal early career step into a wide range of international business or management roles and responsibilities.

When you graduate, you may find a career as a management graduate trainee, financial analyst, commercial manager, trainee trader or technical business consultant. Or, you may want to start your own business.

Roles you are likely to be suitable for include:

  • Financial analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Project and commercialisation manager
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Product manager
  • Account manager
  • Business development executive

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £7,900 *Tuition fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
Full time: £13,300 *Tuition fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


full time
14 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0) 23 9284 2991