Taught course

International Business

University of Stirling · Stirling Management School

Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of a second class honours degree in any subject, or an equivalent qualification. However, you can still apply if you don’t have these formal qualifications, but bring significant work experience in a relevant area.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to help you prepare for a successful career in international business.

The course will help you to understand how international business is conducted, with a focus on developing the managerial skills you’ll need in an interconnected world. You will learn how to develop your problem-solving and critical thinking skills within the context of trading across national boundaries.

By the end of this course you’ll understand how organisations operate across economies, currencies and regulatory frameworks. In addition, you’ll develop skills to help you engage with stakeholders from different cultures and work effectively in a multi-location team. In the Summer you will be able to do a traditional dissertation or have the opportunity to undertake a consultancy project, developed in consultation with businesses across public, private and non-profit sector.

Course Objectives

The course is designed to help you develop a deep understanding of the different approaches to managing businesses across national boundaries. It will also help develop your awareness of new trading blocs and their impact on businesses and managers.

The course covers core business subjects, such as accounting, finance and strategy, in the context of international regulatory frameworks and business practices. It will also help you develop your analytical and problem-solving skills from multi-cultural and multi-national perspectives.

The course provides you with key skills and experience to function in an international arena through:

  • Exploring the relevance of international trade in today’s business environment
  • Understanding the challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation
  • Developing different approaches to managing businesses in the global environment
  • Exploring the ethical and environmental issues that have emerged as a result of globalisation, and its impact on consumers
  • Developing management skills in report writing, networking, critical thinking and group working skills
  • An emphasis on personal and professional development (PPD) to enhance learning throughout the academic year

Fees and funding

Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, enabling them to further their education with a reputable qualification from one of the many Postgraduate Degree Programmes on offer at the University of Stirling. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies at Stirling Management School.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Further details of qualification

Graduates of the programme have gone on to gain employment in a wide variety of public and private sector organisations in positions in management consultancy, international business, marketing, human resource management and information technology.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Professional practice7
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Ms Jenoah Joseph
+44 (0) 1786 467380