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MSc/PgDipInternational Management

Why this course?

Studying an MSc in International Management at the University of Strathclyde, you'll be learning at a multi-award-winning academic institution. A 5-star QS-rated university, we were also awarded Times Higher Education UK Business School of the Year in 2016.

Our Masters in International Management will help you to develop the knowledge and skills required by international managers and leaders to operate globally.

The course provides you with a broad knowledge and understanding of the practices and processes of international management. You’ll develop your understanding of the national and global contexts in which international managers operate. You’ll also gain an appreciation of how those contexts have an impact on managerial expectations and preferences in different cultural environments.

The MSc programme is practical in its orientation with an emphasis on the skills of working, managing and leading in various organisational settings.

You’ll study

Semester 1

You’ll begin with an introduction to the Professional Management Practice programme. Running throughout the first two semesters, this class offers a combination of workshops and learning exercises. You’ll have the opportunity to identify and develop the soft skills needed as a future international manager or leader.

You’ll also attend an Integrated Skills Workshop which focuses on your personal approach to learning and managing yourself.

Core classes
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Managing People in Organisations

Semester 2

Core classes
  • Marketing Management
  • Global Business Environment
  • Finance and Financial Management

You’ll also take part in group exercises (eg arranging a professional, cultural or careers-focused event) to address a managerial or leadership development need identified during the outward bound activity.

Elective classes

You’ll choose two elective classes from a shared pool of international and general management topics available on programmes offered by Strathclyde Business School. Elective modules vary from year to year, but may include:

  • Brand Management and Strategy
  • Foundations of Risk
  • New Venture Creation
  • Programme & Project Management
  • Games of Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Management of International Relationships
  • Change Agency
  • Developing Skills for Effective Management Consulting
  • Improving Management Decision Making
  • Exploring Resourceful Strategy Practice
  • Social Media: Strategy & Management
  • Managing in Europe (taught at Toulouse Business School, France)

Semester 3

Core classes
  • Business Strategy
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Consultancy in Practice

You’re required to complete a practically-oriented project. This gives you an opportunity to explore, at length, some aspects of theory or methods, or knowledge or skills introduced on the taught element of the programme. The project is supported by a class in project methodology.

Study abroad

This course includes a number of elective classes for you to choose from. If you're interested in studying abroad, the Managing in Europe elective class provides the opportunity to do this with classes taught at Toulouse Business School, France.

Major projects

You're required to complete a project in the final semester of the course. You can arrange to do this in conjunction with an organisation.


Strathclyde Business School is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. It has around 200 academic staff and more than 3,000 full-time students.

The departments and specialist units work together to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary postgraduate courses.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Semester 1

Professional Management Practice

This class develops your awareness and capabilities as a manager. It utilises a Personal Development Plan (PDP) process to help you critically evaluate how your skills and attributes are needed to be effective and, over the course of the year, provides workshops and exercises to help you identify and move towards fulfilling your potential.

Managing Across Cultures

This class will develop the awareness, skills and knowledge required by managers seeking to work abroad as international executives. It'll help you develop an awareness, knowledge and understanding of the importance of the often overlooked 'soft skills' of management, particularly as concerns cross-cultural variations and their impact on the practices and processes of management. It'll examine the main concepts currently employed to understand the complexity presented to managers in their process of managing people across national and cultural borders, addressing the issues of the impact of culture on management structures and processes. It will then provide understanding of the role which cross-cultural management can play in achieving competitive advantage in international business.

Managing People in Organisations

With organisations increasingly becoming global in scale and ever more interconnected, understanding the challenges this presents for managing those employed by firms is vitally important. This class provides insight into how organizations function and how this influences individual behaviour. It will also help you understand the key theories that will make you a more effective manager and leader.

Semester 2

Marketing Management

The nature of how we think about ‘markets’, and the activities involved in trying to understand and communicate with customers, is changing rapidly. This class examines contemporary international practice, exploring the major concepts and techniques involved in the marketing planning process. It will help you analyse what companies are offering, how customers behave, and ultimately identify what they need to do next to deliver on their objectives.

Global Business Environment

Business organisations and management decisions and actions exist in a complex, dynamic and often turbulent environment. This class will develop your understanding of the many dimensions and layers of the global business environment. It'll encourage you to recognise, understand and reflect upon the challenges and opportunities that various aspects of the business environment present to businesses, organisations and managers operating in an international context. The class will also introduce you to a range of useful theories, concepts and tools for analysing the business environment and give them an opportunity to apply these to ‘real world’ and hypothetical management scenarios.

Finance and Financial Management

This class will introduce you to the principles needed to understand the nature of financial markets and institutions, corporate financial theory and financial decision making. It examines the core concepts and valuation models involved in pricing securities, the choices firms make over how to fund themselves and the techniques used to evaluate internal investment proposals.

Semester 3

Project Methodology

This class introduces you to a range of different methodological approaches to conducting research and key issues researchers are commonly faced with (eg relevance of practitioner engagement, ethics). You'll be provided with a broad overview of research choices and issues from the perspective of Strathclyde staff representing each department in the Business Faculty who will present vignettes from their own research projects.

Business Strategy

This class provides opportunities to explore, understand and apply the language of strategy and strategic management. By examining real-life organizations, you'll develop your understanding of the forces within their contextual and transactional environments that influence their strategy, and by applying different strategic frameworks, develop the ability to critically analyse the strategic direction being adopted.

International Entrepreneurship

Designed to highlight the importance of entrepreneurship in the international arena, this class will enable you to use your learning from their other classes in a context relating to the practical application of the business-related theory covered.

The class also highlights the importance of the practical testing of business ideas to see if they are viable business opportunities within international contexts as well as the shaping of business ideas in relation to cross-cultural differences.

The importance of business idea generation, opportunity evaluation and the entrepreneurial mindset is addressed as is the importance of the market context.

Consultancy in Practice

This class is aimed at developing effective and reflective practitioners/managers. It'll provide you with the opportunity to deploy many aspects of your learning by engaging with a live issue provided by a client company.

It begins with a review of key theories and tools that you'll have studied as part of your degree, with consideration given on how to use these in this exercise. This is followed by analysis of material provided by the client which describes the issue to be addressed and the outcome expected by the client. This then leads into a group activity which applies particular techniques for addressing aspects of the client’s issue. More detailed client input is provided at certain points in the process often through direct interface with the client. This allows you to gain a more in-depth understanding of the issue and to try out various solutions. Further analysis is carried out by the groups and the class concludes with you presenting your thinking to their client. The client presentations are then followed by a reflective session where the tutor, client and students are encouraged to explore the process of the class and develop the learning gained.

The MIM Project

The MSc in International Management project gives you the opportunity to engage with a topic of interest in depth and over an extended period of time. Preparation for the project is provided via a course in project methodology training. At this stage of the programme, you may be interested in aligning career aspirations with project work.


In order to help you develop new skills and/or extend your knowledge in areas you see as relevant to your personal learning objectives, you're asked to undertake two elective classes.

These classes are chosen from a wide portfolio of elective subjects, which are revised annually to reflect the latest business thinking. In the past students have chosen from these classes:

  • Brand Management and Strategy
  • Foundations of Risk
  • New Venture Creation
  • Programme and Project Management
  • Games of Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Management of International Relationships
  • Change Agency
  • Developing Skills for Effective Management Consulting
  • Social Media: Strategy and Management
  • Managing in Europe (taught at Toulouse Business School, France)

Learning & teaching

The course is taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • group learning exercises

You’ll have the opportunity to identify and develop the 'soft skills' needed as a future international manager or leader.

The course provides:

  • lifelong learning skills: to recognise developmental needs as international managers and leaders, and identifying opportunities to tackle these
  • research, analysis and problem-solving skills: to develop skills in the use of library and internet-based resources; to identify, analyse and critically evaluate the strategic choices and options facing international managers
  • application skills: to apply models, tools and techniques of international management to different company, country and sectoral contexts; to integrate the knowledge from a range of international management subjects
  • communication skills: to develop report writing skills; to structure and present complex data and ideas; to make effective presentations and to acquire skills in argument and debate
  • team-working skills: to appreciate the benefits and challenges of working within teams; to apply theory to practice in operating within multicultural teams; to experience problem-solving within multicultural teams; to improve time management and workload planning capacities

Collaborative learning

The course is designed to be a collaborative learning experience, a partnership between academic staff and students. It enables you to build upon your collective understanding in interrogating the global issues impacting organisations.

Guest lectures

This course has a wide and varied range of industry speakers on an ad-hoc basis.


The course is assessed through written assignments, group and individual projects, exams and presentations.

Entry requirements

Minimum second class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent (see our country pages for further information) in business or management, or a non-business degree plus some work experience in international trade or business, or equivalent.

For students whose first language is not English, get more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde.

Applications from those who can demonstrate that their work experience merits direct entry to the programme will also be considered.

We may ask you to undertake a formal interview to discuss your achievements and aspirations.

You must be competent in word processing, the use of spreadsheets and in report writing.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • £13,000

Rest of UK

  • £13,000


  • £21,150

How can I fund my course?

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Contact us


Completed application forms are considered as they are received. You’re encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

The Admissions Committee will consider all the information submitted and will decide whether to offer you a place on the course. The Admissions Committee meets on a regular basis. Providing you have supplied all the necessary information, you should receive a decision within two to three weeks of application.

You should complete the online application form and upload the following supporting documentation:

  • Detailed CV
  • Evidence of academic qualifications (degree certificate and full academic transcripts. A certified translated version of these documents must be provided if these documents are not in English.)
  • For those applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of English proficiency is required. A minimum of 6.5 in IELTS (with equal weighting across all bands). For more information on taking the IELTS test please visit
  • Two references will be required to support your application. These can either be uploaded to your application file or, if you prefer, we’ll contact your referees if you provide their email addresses in the online application form.

We may ask you to undertake a formal interview to discuss your achievements and aspirations.

If you have any queries related to your application, please contact our Admissions Office:
Tel: +44 (0)1415536049
Fax: +44 (0)1415528851

International Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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