MSc International Management

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Accreditation: AACSB, EQUIS & AMBA
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time
  • International experience: optional class taught at Toulouse Business School, France

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  • develop the knowledge and skills required by international managers and leaders to operate in a global environment
  • benefit from a practical focus on managing and leading in various organisational settings
  • complete a practically-oriented project

If you're passionate about different cultures and, at the same time, willing to invest in your professional career, the MSc in International Management is the course for you.

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Why this course?

Our Masters in International Management will help you to develop the knowledge and skills required by international managers and leaders to operate globally. It focuses on the practical skills of working, managing and leading in various organisational settings.

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

Strathclyde Business School

Strathclyde Business School (SBS) was founded in 1948 and is a pioneering, internationally-renowned academic organisation with a reputation for research excellence. One of four faculties forming the University of Strathclyde, SBS has held triple accreditation from the three main business school accreditation bodies – AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA – since 2004. Our subject departments and specialist centres collaborate to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary courses.

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What you'll study

You’ll begin with an introduction to the Professional Management Practice programme. This class runs throughout Semesters 1 & 2 and 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.

In Semester 1, you'll undertake two other core classes and attend an Integrated Skills workshop which focuses on your personal approach to learning and managing yourself.

In Semesters 2 & 3, in addition to the core classes, you’ll 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 and complete a practically-oriented project which you can arrange to do in conjunction with an organisation. The project provides the opportunity to explore, at length, some aspects of theory or methods, knowledge or skills introduced on the taught element of the programme. It's supported by a class in project methodology.

In Semester 3, you'll also choose two elective classes to further develop your knowledge. 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.

Learning & teaching

The course is designed to be a collaborative learning experience – a partnership between academic staff and students. It enables you to build on your collective understanding in interrogating the global issues impacting organisations. It's taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and group learning exercises.

On the programme, you'll gain:

  • 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


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

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Course content

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.

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.

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:

Managing Talent and Succession Planning

This will seek to address a range of inter-related themes and issues centred on the concept of ‘talent’ – What are the talents that we require? Who are the ‘talented’? How do we source them? How do we develop them? How do we retain them and provide opportunities that meet their aspirations? How do we manage ‘talent’? How do we motivate those employees who are not labelled as part of the talent community?

The class will combine broad strategic talent themes with a practical approach to the management and development of talented or high potential employees within an organisational setting.

The class will encourage the development of a critical view of Talent Management theory and practice to develop capabilities as professional managers who are able to think critically about Managing Talent and are, therefore, better problem-solvers and decision-makers in this key area.

New Venture Creation

In New Venture Creation, students will learn to develop and validate winning business models. Students will cover a broad range of topics that critically examine various approaches to establishing and operating a venture, supported by frequent guest lectures from successful entrepreneurs.

International Trade Theory & Policy

In this class you will gain an understanding of the essential economic issues in international trade, market structure, and the role of international institutions in promoting trade liberalisation and disciplining international commercial interaction. You will analyse the distribution of the gains from trade, identifying the circumstances where trade liberalisation is mutually beneficial and those where there are winners and losers at the international or national level. The class will also address current issues facing the world trading system – such as Brexit – and how these might be resolved.

Family Enterprise

In this class, participants explore aspects of governance, work ethics and succession as well as family dynamics, conflict on gender issues. The class gives students insights into effective and professional work with and within family firms.

Global Operations Strategy

The purpose of this course is to provide course participants with a perspective on global operations strategy that is underpinned by an attitude of enquiry.  There is no one “right” way of designing and running international operations. A company’s global operations strategy will be developed based on a number of choices. These choices are subject to the differences across national boundaries, which can be significant. Geographical and national boundaries may bring different trading conditions due to varying trade rules, different legal frameworks, different skills profiles and capabilities, presence of new competitors, volatile exchange rates, labour costs and labour law etc. 

We learn from experience as well as from academic knowledge. In this module, much of the learning will come from case studies - looking at what worked in certain situations and what didn’t and digging deeper into the reasons why. The aim of this course is to learn about the choices faced by managers running operations in multiple countries. Through investigating goal operations strategies adopted by well-known companies and discussing the choices made by managers, students will develop capability in developing global operations strategies.

Project Management

This module aims to provide students with skills and knowledge relating to the use of practices in Project Management with particular respect to the project triple constraint: time, cost and quality.

Brand Management & Strategy

The mission of this elective is to provide a solid understanding and application in the strategies of global brand management. Key skills and theories of brand management will be presented and discussed in order to equip the learner to operate effectively in a global brand management environment. Students will gain a clear appreciation of the role of brand strategy within the corporation’s operating plan.  This will entail consideration of environmental factors causing changes to the structure and composition of the brand portfolio as well as discussion of conceptual issues surrounding the strategic roles of brand management.

Blockchain in Technology Services

This course introduces the student to the blockchain technology and its applications in services. This course will provide an initial understanding of what blockchain technology is, how it works, and what are its applications in services marketing. Specifically, it will explore the application of blockchain in travel and tourism, loyalty programmes and consumer well-being. Further, it considers the benefits as well as the limitations and challenges of implementing blockchain solutions among service organisations.

Strategic Financial Management

The class will consider a number of financial decisions of strategic importance, ranging from capital expenditure decisions to those concerned with the evaluation of the terms of a merger. These decisions will be explored through lectures, exercises and most importantly, case studies. The preparation of the case studies and the discussion of the analysis will provide the focus of the class.

Service Operations Simulation

This class provides MSc students with insights into ‘Service’ Operations Management, an area of study that is increasingly relevant to our graduates as compared with traditional/manufacturing operations management. Emerging concepts such as ‘services science’ emphasize the need to understand operations management within the service sector as a whole, while providing specific examples from different service sectors to illustrate the wide range of challenges within service industries. Aiming to be as practically useful as possible, the class provides both conceptual and technical perspectives on services. The technical perspective utilises discrete event simulation (DES) as a powerful tool to analyse service operations and facilitate decision making for service operations managers.

Managing in Europe (Toulouse)

The aim of this module is to:

  • sensitize students to the basic skills involved in managing people in Europe with a focus on cultural and knowledge issues as well as managing cross-cultural differences
  • understand the European context in terms of HRM and employment relations and manage effectively in this context
  • be able to adapt to different cultural environments and to manage effectively in an intercultural European context as well as a global context

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

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.

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

English language requirements

Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum of 6.5 IELTS score, with no individual score lower than 5.5. Get more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde.

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.

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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.

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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.

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International Management

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

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