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MBus International Business with a Modern Language


Key facts

  • UCAS Code: NR19
  • Accreditation: triple-accredited Business School - AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
  • Ranked: top 10 in UK for Business & Management Studies (Complete University Guide 2021) 

  • Study abroad: exchange links with universities worldwide

  • Applicant visit days: these take place in March each year

Study with us

  • gain the skills to succeed in a complex and ever-changing global business environment
  • study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, South East Asia, Australasia or North America
  • boost your career prospects, with an understanding of international business from another country’s perspective
  • develop skills which are highly valued by graduate recruiters through our innovative Management Development Programme

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Why this course?

International Business with a Modern Language will give you great exposure to the international business environment along with study of a language.

It's a five-year Masters-level degree for students who want to gain a firm business foundation while developing the ability to do business in a foreign language.

It will develop your knowledge and understanding of international business while preparing you for a business career with management potential.

A year abroad means you'll become fluent in the language and give you the confidence to do business overseas in other cultures.

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The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.

What you’ll study

Years 1, 2 & 3

These years focus around core classes in International Business and the Management Development Programme. You’ll also choose a language to study.

Year 4

You’ll spend this year in a business school in the country of your chosen language. All classes are taken in the foreign language.

Year 5

You’ll take the core business class Contemporary Issues and Trends in International Business, your business specialism and your language. There’s also an in-depth research project.


You can choose one from French or Spanish.


You can choose to specialise in the following business subjects:

  • Business Analysis & Technology
  • Business Enterprise
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

Study abroad

You'll spend year 4 either studying or working in the country of the language you choose.

Postgraduate study

This course runs for five years and is now an Integrated Masters degree. All classes will be assessed at postgraduate level.

Guest lectures

During your final year of study, you'll attend the Contemporary Issues and Trends in International Business class where you'll have the opportunity to attend a series of guest lectures delivered by high calibre practitioners from both national and international organisations.

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Course content

Alongside this class, you'll also study two other classes from other departments in the Business School and two language classes of your choice.
Managing in a Global Context

This class introduces you to the complexities of the international business environment by initially looking at the critical role of the manager and leadership in organisations today. The second half of the class gives an introductory set of lectures on the various complexities of the global business environment.

In addition to this class, you'll also study one class from your principal subject area and two language classes.
International Business Analysis

This class furthers the foundation learning covered in the first year. It gives you a grounding in the historical context of international business, global institutions, theories underpinning international trade and investment, and the main decision criteria, considerations and options facing the firm or organization that is, or is wishing to, operate internationally.

You'll also study one class from your principal subject area and two language classes in addition to this class.
Managing Across Cultures & Frontiers

This class builds on the theories and concepts introduced in Managing in a Global Context in year 1 and International Business Analysis in Year 2. It does so by focusing more on the complex cross-cultural and human resource issues associated with the implementation of international business practice and strategies.

International Exchange
You'll study business classes taught in your language of specialisation and language classes taught in your language of specialisation. You may also undertake a credit bearing work placement with permission from the University.

In addition to this class, you'll also study one class from your principal subject area and two language classes. You'll also undertake your dissertation this year which should have a strong international business context.

Contemporary Issues & Trends in International Business

This class aims to introduce you to a range of contemporary issues impacting on business organizations and managers operating in an international context. It encourages you to think critically about recent trends and issues and will provide you with a range of conceptual models and analytical tools appropriate to the changing landscape of international business.  

Learning & teaching

The course is taught by Strathclyde Business School and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Within the Business School, our international partners also contribute as guest lectures and in business games.

Language teaching is specially designed for students on this course and focuses on language for business.

The innovative and highly acclaimed Management Development Programme (MDP) is at the core of our undergraduate degrees in the Business School and comprises a series of classes which you take throughout Years 1 to 3. 

You develop knowledge and skills in key areas of management, and team-working, communication and decision-making skills, all of which are highly sought-after by employers.

Major employers and alumni from all sectors are involved in the MDP, participating in group sessions, observing student presentations, and providing feedback. Organisations involved include Barclays, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble and Ernst & Young. In first year the best teams are selected to present to senior staff in one of the sponsoring organisations, and there are prizes for the best projects.

The programme builds your confidence and entrepreneurial capabilities and promotes awareness of globalisation and ethical issues in personal and business decision-making. In Year 3, you develop your own pathway from internships, involvement with business projects, engagement in interdisciplinary activities and business clinics. 


You’ll be assessed through case studies, presentations, written and oral exams, projects and the Masters research dissertation.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Deferred entry not normally accepted.


Standard entry requirements*:

  • 1st sitting: AAAB/AABBB
  • 2nd sitting: AAABBB

(Higher English B; Maths National 5 B, or equivalent; Higher Maths B for combinations with Finance; Higher A/B in language to be studied)

Minimum entry requirements**:

1st sitting: AABB/ABBBB
2nd sitting: AABBBB

(English B; language to be studied B, Maths National 5 B; Higher Maths B for Finance combinations)

A Levels


(GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B, or an essay-based A Level B may be considered in lieu of English; GCSE Maths 6/B; Maths A Level B for combinations with Finance; A Level B in language to be studied)

International Baccalaureate


(no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths/Maths Studies SL5; Maths HL5 for combinations with Accounting or Maths & Statistics)


Relevant HNC/HND, A in Graded Units; language qualification in language to be studied; year 2 entry not offered

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages

*Standard entry requirements

Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.

Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.

In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.

**Minimum entry requirements

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

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

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

Visit our international students' section

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Fees & funding

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

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2020/21: £1,820

Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.

England, Wales & Northern Ireland


*Assuming no change in fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2021-22, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.



University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Additional costs

International Business

Course materials & costs

Essential textbooks are approximately £200 per year.  However, there will be a minimum of 2 copies of textbooks in the main library.

Other costs

Students are responsible for costs of printing and binding of final project (approx £50).  Graduation fee and gown hire are also met by students.

Study abroad

Typically the cost of one semester abroad could be c£6-8000, depending on the destination and currency exchange rates. Tuition fees are not paid to the exchange institution but continue to be paid to Strathclyde University in the usual way, however, students are responsible for their own travel and living expenses ie flights, insurance, visa application, accommodation, food, textbooks etc.

Students are eligible to apply for a student loan as usual but must let the award agency (eg SAAS) know that they will be on a compulsory exchange. Students with an exchange place in Europe are eligible for Erasmus funding (subject to the outcome of Brexit negotiations) and full details of this process will be provided by the University.  Students with an exchange place outside Europe are eligible to apply to the Neil Hood Memorial Fund for a scholarship. Full details of the application process are provided to all eligible students. Other scholarship opportunities may be available through the Alumni & Development department.

Modern Languages

Course materials & costs 

The majority of course materials are available to students via Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  Students can print course materials at their own expense.   

The cost of course texts does not normally exceed £30 per academic year. Key language texts are used over 2 or 3 years of study. Multiple copies are also available in the University Library.  

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Students from Scotland

Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

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Graduates with international business knowledge and language and cultural fluency are in demand. This is especially true as international trade and global commerce become more important,

Recent graduates have been recruited by major firms such as Accenture, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Kleenex.

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 4114

Email: sbs-adviser@strath.ac.uk