International Business Management (MSc)

Course Description

This course is open to students who have an interest in developing and furthering their knowledge on international business to meet their career aspirations. Students who apply for this course normally have a 2:1 bachelor's degree or suitable work experience.

  • Build knowledge and intellectual abilities through an academically rigorous course of study, informed by the latest developments.
  • Develop skills, competencies and personal attributes relevant to the international business manager.
  • Strengthen independent learning, personal responsibility and initiative and develop team working skills.
  • Refine abilities in problem solving, communication and the application of information technology.

How you learn

You learn through

  • workshops
  • traditional formal lectures
  • supporting seminars
  • problem solving exercises
  • case studies
  • individual and group presentations
  • directed learning activities
  • direct engagement with industry

Applied learning

The work experience part of the course includes: business simulations, an international consultancy project, visits to companies and organisations and guest speakers. These opportunities give you the chance to develop your practical skills in a real world setting.

The course features an international consultancy project opportunity, supported by Venture Matrix, where you carry out assessed projects based on real-world business solutions for local organisations.

The project aims to enhance your business awareness and improve your employment prospects. The opportunity to visit and communicate regularly with a company will be particularly beneficial to international students from the point of view of business engagement and real-life practical experience.

You will have access to postgraduate career development initiatives provided by SBS, for example, leadership programmes, management skills workshops, CV writing, networking opportunities and career management activities led by the SBS careers team.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • business development
  • marketing
  • human resource management
  • project management consultancy
  • trade
  • Some students return home to apply their expertise in family firms.
  • A small number of the highest academic achievers may continue their education through PhD study.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • Phoenix Precision technology
  • Taiwan
  • QPC, Singapore
  • UBIFrance
  • Sika Ltd, China
  • Sheffield Forgemasters International, UK
  • ARGOS logistics, Shanghai
  • Nissan, UK
  • Brunei Shell petroleum, Brunei
  • Pryas Consulting, India
  • GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Netherlands


Sheffield Hallam University is one of only seven universities in the world to have received EPAS accreditation for an MSc in International Business Management. EPAS is a world-renowned standard for the quality of business or management programmes which have an international perspective.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for the academic year 2018/19. Any elective modules shown below are examples of modules you may be able to choose from.

Compulsory modules:

  • Contemporary International Management Practice - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Dissertation - 45 credits - Coursework 
  • Global Supply Chain Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • International Consultancy Project 2 - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • International Entrepreneurship - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • International Financial Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • International Strategic Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Principles Of International Business - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Research Methods In International Business - 15 credits - Coursework 

Elective modules:

  • Export Management Sme's Perspective - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Generic Research Specialism - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Global Human Resource Management - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Global Marketing - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Managing Global Alliances - 15 credits - Coursework/Practical 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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Visit the International Business Management (MSc) page on the Sheffield Hallam University web site for more details!

Entry Requirements

You normally need one of the following:

• a good bachelors degree from an approved degree awarding body, university or college, in a business-related field
• professional qualification(s) by examination, recognised as being the equivalent of a bachelors degree in a business-related field with additional evidence to justify the equivalence of the qualification
• a specified diploma in a business-related field that, on satisfactory completion, allows you to follow a course of study for a masters degree

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in all skills.

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