About this course
Learn how a business operates and study key management concepts on our MSc International Management degree. You'll find out what makes an effective manager and apply your learning to hands-on practical exercises and simulations. This management master’s degree will give you the skills you need to work in organisations across the world.
Our MSc international business management course is open to graduates from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. This UK international management degree encourages you to explore different topics to help you discover what you want to specialise in.
- how organisations operate and are managed
- how to resolve issues through your understanding of management concepts
- analytical, communication and self-management skills
Industry speakers will provide regular insights into the latest practice and course lecturers will incorporate real-world case studies into their teaching.
The course modules cover:
- strategic management
- accounting and control
- responsible leadership
- operations management
This international management degree includes a 2-part module on organisational effectiveness, based off-campus to enhance your management capabilities.
The first part includes a residential activity weekend where you’ll carry out practical teamwork exercises. They’ll give you an insight into team dynamics, your personal strengths and your leadership style, helping you to improve your all-round skills.
Part 2 will give you a strategic view of organisational management, and involves an interactive simulation of a fast-moving business environment. You’ll work in teams to negotiate and make strategic operational decisions, and see how this affects the performance of your company.
Our alumni actively share their career paths with new students. When you join this course, you become part of our successful network, learning from one another.
Your course leader is Alessia D’Amato. Alessia is a chartered Organisational/Occupational Psychologist and lectured and conducted research in universities across Europe and America. She has led projects on the implementation of new strategies in organisations. Alessia’s current research projects include Leadership and cross-cultural management. Visit Alessia D’Amato’s staff profile to find out more about her work.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in one of the following subject areas:
- political science
Your undergraduate degree subject must demonstrate essay based study.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is a full-time master’s course. You’ll study for 12 months, from September to the following September.
In the first 9 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll study the taught part of your course.
This is made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.
During semester 2 you’ll begin preparing for your dissertation.
For the last 3 months, over the summer, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
In this course, you’ll learn through different methods depending on the topic of study.
You’ll learn theory and case studies through a combination of:
You’ll apply learning techniques through:
- active discussions
- individual and group exercises
- field studies
We’ll assess you through the following methods:
- coursework (individual and in groups)
- dissertation project
- group work contribution
- report writing
Types of coursework include: essays, analysis of practical problems and cases, discussions of readings, multiple choice tests and personal reflective portfolio.
The dissertation gives you a chance to study a management topic of interest in depth. Supervision starts in semester 2 and you need to complete it by September.
Research areas previous students have chosen include:
- analysis of IKEA’s competitiveness in Thailand
- the effects of good corporate governance on divided policy in Indonesia
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
Previous graduates work in international business management roles have including:
- credit officer
- human resources officer
- project manager
Graduates have gone on to work for:
- IBM London
- John Lewis and Partners
- Shinhan Bank
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £11,950.
- International students pay £20,728.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000