MSc International Business and Management - University of Portsmouth

International Business and Management

Full Time14mo

Develop your knowledge of business and management in a global context

Course Overview

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.

Find out more about this course, our facilities and the course-specific bursary by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

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


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Structure & Teaching

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.

Teaching and Assessment

You will experience tutor-led learning sessions in lecture theatres and small group discussions where you can complete tasks, ask questions and develop your understanding in an informal and supportive environment.

Your lecturers are all experts in their field with a range of international, corporate and academic research experience. All are keen to share their expertise with students.

A virtual learning environment and extensive online and physical library facilities are available to access wherever there is an Internet connection.

How are you assessed?

Assessments enable you to explore particular topics and demonstrate your understanding. You will be assessed by:

  • course work report
  • examination
  • group presentation
  • group debate
  • independent research project – dissertation

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Facilities & Features

Flexible Learning

You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.


We aim to provide you with as much support as possible. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will offer support and guidance throughout your studies.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories (satellite image and geophysical processing). Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Careers & Opportunities

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

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Further information

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Fees and Funding

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