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Mode of Study
14 months full-time
Start Date
January 2023


If you're keen to develop your business and management skills and take your studies and experience to Master's level, then our MSc International Business and Management degree course is for you.

On this course, you'll get a deeper understanding of business and management topics in an international context. You'll also learn about key themes including corporate strategy, financial management, international business and global sustainability.

When you graduate, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of international business and management issues, and you'll be qualified for a career in organisations in any corner of the world.


This course is open to UK, EU and international students.

Course highlights

  • Learn from lecturers and guest speakers from all over the world, who are experts in their field and have recent corporate or academic research experience
  • Study corporate strategy and financial management, international business and global sustainability, economics, international marketing, human resource management and operations management
  • Write a dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the guidance of a supervisor
  • Complete a voluntary summer work placement and gain valuable work experience
  • Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere 24/7

​What you'll study

Modules you'll study
All modules on this MSc International Business Master's are core.

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate current strategic management theory and practice, through the theoretical and practical exploration of concepts and practical implementation of models and tools related to strategy.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate complex and dynamic organisational challenges, and contextual & competitive pressures affecting organisations in a local and global context.
  • Critically evaluate the value of ethical and sustainable strategic management (in financial, HRM, environmental, and social terms) and of the responsible business agenda, towards the achievement of sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Critically evaluate change management and corporate turnaround in organisations, and evaluate diverse perspectives regarding the complexity of issues involved in different national and international business contexts.

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The Learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Evaluate the purpose of a company's annual report, and its relationship with financial reporting and regulatory framework in the UK and internationally.
  • Analyse and critically interpret company information having developed an understanding of the limitations of such information.
  • Utilise management accounting tools and techniques to solve management control/performance measurement problems within organisational contexts.
  • Evaluate sources, uses and management of finance

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The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Appraise a variety of data sources in the area of global sustainability and assess their reliability.
  • Criticise and critique the relevant academic literature concerning business sustainability practices and defend a viewpoint derived therein.
  • Construct a case study of a business and formulate an understanding of the sustainability issues it faces.
  • Appraise current secondary data with regard to global sustainability issues and evaluate their impacts upon the business world.

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Learning outcomes from this module are:
  • Apply theory critically to analyse professional experience
  • Develop skills necessary to succeed in a multicultural and complex management environment
  • Critically evaluate cross-cultural and ethical management

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Changes to course content

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

" The University has helped connect me to people and businesses I've had the pleasure of working with. This has given me invaluable work experience, clarified my vision and established a professional foundation I can continue to build on in my career. "

Charles Oduk II, MSc Digital Business Management

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Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master's prepares you for

Graduates of this Master's course have gone onto careers in xxxx, xxxx and xxxx. Some of the jobs our course graduates have got are:

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Graduates of this course have gone onto work for companies such as:

  • important company
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Course alumni - where are they now?

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

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You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • 1-to-1 appointments  
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

How you'll spend your time

This Master's degree runs over 14 months. You can expect:

  • 5 hours of teaching time every week. At the moment this happens on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 25 hours of independent study each week

In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your research project. 


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • virtual learning


You'll be assessed through:

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

Full details of assessment can be found in the 'What you'll study' section.

Teaching staff

You'll be taught by staff who have worked in a variety of global business contexts and who have academic excellence. These staff include:

Dr Alan Tait

I'm a senior lecturer in strategy for the Faculty of Business and Law. I'm also a member of the British Academy of Management and fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My current research interests focus on the impact of uncertainty on strategic thinking and the ethics of uncertainty.

Read my full profile

Dr Francisco Romera

I'm an associate fellow of Advance HE and I teach on a number of master's and undergraduate modules.

I'm particularly interested in innovation management, sustainability and global business responsibility.

Read my full profile

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Facilities and clinics

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Business Consultancy Project

Put your learning into practice by helping real local companies and start-ups with their business problems.

Find out about our business consultancy

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Business Suite

Experience the boardroom in our replica business suite.

Discover our Business Simulation Suite


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TEAL room

Our technology enhanced active learning space promotes social learning.

Discover our TEAL learning space

Supporting your learning

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor. They're also available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to our student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course. They're available face-to-face, by phone, email, and by video call.

They can help with:

  • Academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • Reflective writing skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

If you're a mature student, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (January 2023 start)

  • Full-time: £10,900
  • Part-time: £xxx per year

  • Full time: £10,900 
  • Part-time: £xxxx per year

These figures both include the Transition Scholarship for EU students.

  • Full-time: £17,000
  • Part-time: £xxxx per year

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Additional costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees so you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include: 

  • Recommended reading. You will can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation, where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
  • Placements costs including travelling from home to your placement, which will be in the region of up to £300 a year.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover. 

Entry requirements​

January 2023 start

Qualifications or experience
Non-UK degrees
English language requirements
  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree in Business, International Relations, Marketing or Accounting, or an upper second-class honours degree in xxxxxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. 

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, view the equivalent entry requirements we accept for your country

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us. 

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in January. Most people make their application to us during the previous summer, so you may find that by January the course is full. If you're an international student you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised. 

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. Current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth and international students also have some different application options, which are detailed below. 

Extra information for current and international students

As a Portsmouth student, or recent graduate, you're eligible to apply through our fast-track system. As we already have all your details and we know what undergraduate course you're on we don't need to ask you for much information. 

This applies to if you're graduating from Portsmouth this year (2022), or you graduated in 2021. 

You can find the internal applicant apply button below.

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.