International Business and Management
Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
Our International Business and Management Masters programme gives you the skills you need to unlock a wide range of global management opportunities.
You will develop a solid foundation of management knowledge, and a significant and detailed understanding of the issues that confront businesses operating on an international scale, such as:
- rationales for international expansion
- foreign market entry modes
- theories of international business strategy
- the role and influence of culture in international business
- cross-cultural management
The programme is flexible - optional modules allow you to tailor your studies to your personal career aspirations. A research method module gives you the tools you need to generate and analyse business intelligence, and you’ll be able to explore a topic of your choice in depth for the dissertation, under the supervision of an expert academic.
You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad at our European partner institutions.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.
'I enjoyed the relationships that linked teachers and students. I believe that the teachers were much more open and available than in the other universities where I had been studying. Also, the balance was perfect between theory and practical cases or individual and group work.'
The School of Management has been an international leader in education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
We offer excellent facilities, a highly trained, professional faculty, and comprehensive support services. You will be taught by staff who are pushing the boundaries of subject knowledge and application through research and professional innovation.
Our courses are shaped by the School of Management International Advisory Board, made up of leading figures in industry who advise our management team on the skills and competencies needed in the current and future workplace. This feeds into the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring our students gain knowledge and experience that is valued by employers. Members of our International Advisory Board include individuals from organisations such Google, the BBC, KPMG and Harvard Business School. Our visiting lecturers include directors from well-known companies who provide first-hand experience of management decision-making at a strategic level.
About our students
Find out about our MSc student cohort, broken down by nationality, age, and the level of award achieved.
- University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016
You must have a degree (not necessarily in business and management) from an approved university. Exceptional candidates without a first degree but with appropriate professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA) and work experience may be admitted on their merits.
English language requirements:
If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:
IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or
IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or
Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or
PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.
Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
This programme is designed to provide you with a sound understanding of the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings in management as well as to reflect best practice and innovative thinking and research in international business education and practice. The Masters in International Business and Management focuses on exploring the international activities of firms.
You will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Certificate if you have successfully completed 60 credits (core modules) and achieved the award learning outcomes:
- Business economics (10 credits) core
- Accounting and finance (10 credits) core
- Human resource management (10 credits) core
- International business environment (10 credits) core
- Operations management (10 credits) core
- Marketing planning and strategy (10 credits) core
You will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Diploma if you have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes:
- Research methods (10 credits) core
- Cross cultural management (10 credits) core
- International business strategy (10 credits) core
- International finance (10 credits) option
- Contemporary issues in accounting and finance (10 credits) option
- Strategic financial management (10 credits) option
- Strategic accounting (10 credits) option
- Management of change (10 credits) option
- Consumer behaviour (10 credits) option
- Strategic marketing simulation (10 credits) option
- Strategic management (10 credits) option
- Entrepreneurship and innovation (10 credits) option
- European business management (10 credits) option
- International business in emerging economies (10 credits) option
- International marketing (10 credits) option
- Corporate social responsibility (10 credits) option
- International services marketing (10 credits) option
- Marketing Communications (10 credits) option
- Sustainable operations (10 credits) option
- Future Technology and innovation management (10 credits) option
- Decision support for sustainability (10 credits) option
- Environmental management and quality systems (10 credits) option
- International Master’s Summer school (10 credits) option
Degree of Master
You will be eligible for the award of Degree of Master if you have successfully completed at least 180 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
- Dissertation (60 credits) core
Learning activities and assessment
The programme is summatively assessed by a mixture of written examinations, assessed coursework, case studies, group projects and multimedia presentations.
Assessment is integrated with learning and teaching to support and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for individual modules and the programme as a whole. Emphasis is place on the feedback function of formative assessment as part of the learning, teaching and assessment strategy as a whole.
This programme offers a small number of students the opportunity to participate in a student exchange programme whereby they spend semester two (six months) studying at one or two of our collaborative institutions:
- EMLYON Business School (Lyon, France)
- Kozminski University (Warsaw, Poland),
- EADA Business School (Barcelona, Spain)
- Audencia Ecole de Management (Nantes, France)
Students who participate in the exchange will take the distance learning version of the Research Methods module and other subject electives at the host institutions.
Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).
These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.
Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities
Career support and prospects
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
- Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
- Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
- Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Our international business graduates are in high demand amongst multinational organisations and international consultancy firms. You'll also be able to establish or accelerate a career as a country or product manager.
The sectors and jobs that our MSc students achieve upon graduation vary depending on their previous experience and the pathway taken. In terms of career progression it is useful to consider where alumni are three years after graduation. Looking at the data derived from the School’s ranking in the Financial Times Master’s in Management Rankings, on average 25% of graduates are in senior manager roles and 20% in junior management positions three years after graduation.
You'll be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.
Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area
These are in addition to the wide range of students support that are offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.
The strong research culture of the School of Management faculty informs the teaching and learning of our students. Our extensive industry networks provide the avenue for application of this knowledge.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £10,270
- International: £15,650
Fees may be paid in full at enrolment, benefiting from a fee discount, or paid by instalments.
International applicants who pay their deposit of £2,000 before 31 January will receive a £1,000 discount, or £750 discount if the deposit is paid before 30 April, or a £500 discount if paid before 31 July.
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
You may be eligible for one of the following scholarships - please follow the links to find out more:
- Ma Kam Ning Scholarship
There are a number of other scholarships available to postgraduate taught students at the University of Bradford. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more information.
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.
How do I find out more?
Steps to Postgraduate Study
Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).
How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 – July 2018 start dates)
- Apply for 2018/19 courses (September 2018 – July 2019 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email email@example.com to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.
They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.
Further information is available on our International Office website.
Download the programme specification for International Business and Management
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.