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Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc International Management (1 year)

Global perspectives on how the best companies and organisations are led and managed.

Introducing your degree



International management


The MSc International Management aims to give you a greater understanding and broader knowledge of what managers do and what it means to become an effective manager in virtually any discipline across our globalised workplace. The programme is designed to help you enter the workplace, with competency in theoretical models but also provides you the opportunity to develop practical skills in the core management functions including leadership and team work through an experiential off-campus module in organisational effectiveness. It aims to provide you with education and training in the theory and application of the principles, concepts, approaches, purpose and practice of global management in contemporary organisations.

This programme is designed to develop your broad knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed. It aims to provide you with education and training in the theory and application of the principles, concepts, approaches, purpose and practice of global management in contemporary organisations.

Learning and teaching

The range of teaching and learning methods aim to match the learning outcomes of this programme and will include lectures, self-study, focus and discussion groups, presentations, video and case studies, and kinaesthetic learning via field studies. This programme has a wide range of and teaching methods and aims to be pedagogically congruent in its delivery of modules.


There are a range of assessment methods to help students demonstrate their achievements including: learning journals; essays; presentations and group discussions; observed performance assessment while contributing in teams; report writing; case studies; and examinations.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Programme Structure

The programme may be completed on a full-time (12 months) basis. The first nine months of the programme involves taught study, divided into two semesters. The taught component of the programme consists of modules worth 90 ECTS (180 CATS) credit points in total, where 60 ECTS (120 CATS) are compulsory modules, and 30 ECTS (60 CATS) are for the dissertation which is core. Southampton Business School provides all modules.

Special features of the programme

The compulsory modules on Organisational Effectiveness (MANG6300 & MANG6290) are both non-classroom based. The first module is delivered over a residential weekend and includes exercises designed to provide you with practical experience of teamwork, in order to develop soft skills including problem solving, leadership/followership, role allocation, risk taking, time management, communication and management decision making. The second module is delivered through a comprehensive simulation of a fast-moving, competitive business environment where you will simulate managing a business. This will include learning processes such as decision making, risk taking, marketing, business strategy and trust development in teams.

Every effort will be made to accommodate students with learning difficulties and/or special needs. These will be dealt with on an individual basis but students will not be discriminated against should they not be able to physically engage with this module.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology

Required module areas: Evidence of essay based study

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Work experience in a related field can compensate for degree subject/grade.

Pre-masters course

You are able to progress to this MSc programme via the University's Pre-masters programme.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

All Core and Compulsory modules must be taken.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

The MSc International Management at Southampton Business School will provide you with a broad degree in all important functions and competencies that are needed for a manager in today’s fast-moving, technological and diverse workplace. Our graduates have been successful in gaining employment in organisations such as Siemens, Amsterdam; IBM London; British Telecom; ASDA; John Lewis; L’Oreal International; The British Council; and the National Health Service.

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