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International Business and Management

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
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Our International Business and Management Masters programme gives you the skills you need to unlock a wide range of global management opportunities.

You will develop a solid foundation of management knowledge, and a significant and detailed understanding of the issues that confront businesses operating on an international scale, such as:

  • rationales for international expansion
  • foreign market entry modes
  • theories of international business strategy
  • the role and influence of culture in international business
  • cross-cultural management

The programme is flexible - optional modules allow you to tailor your studies to your personal career aspirations. A research method module gives you the tools you need to generate and analyse business intelligence, and you’ll be able to explore a topic of your choice in depth for the dissertation, under the supervision of an expert academic.

You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad at our European partner institutions.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.



'I enjoyed the relationships that linked teachers and students. I believe that the teachers were much more open and available than in the other universities where I had been studying. Also, the balance was perfect between theory and practical cases or individual and group work.'

International Business and Management

Why Bradford?

The School of Management has been an international leader in education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years.

We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".

We offer excellent facilities, a highly trained, professional faculty, and comprehensive support services. You will be taught by staff who are pushing the boundaries of subject knowledge and application through research and professional innovation. This means that the teaching you receive reflects the latest thinking in the subject.


  • University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016

Entry requirements

You must have a degree (not necessarily in business and management) from an approved university. Exceptional candidates without a first degree but with appropriate professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA) and work experience may be admitted on their merits.

English language requirements:

If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:

IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no more than one sub-test at 5.0 and no other sub-test below 5.5, and successful completion of an additional six week English pre-sessional course taught by the University of Bradford, which must be completed prior to the start of the course; or

IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or 

Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or 

PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.

Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The Master's degree in International Business and Management is built on a foundation of general management modules. These represent stage 1 of the programme at the end of which you will have gained a thorough grounding in the theories and practices of the core functions of a modern business/organisation.

In stage 2, you will take three additional compulsory modules: International Business Strategy, Cross-Cultural Management and Research Methods. You will also be able to choose three further 10 credit module in subjects which interest you from the list of optional modules.

On conclusion of stage 2 you will have developed a significant and detailed understanding of the issues that confront businesses operating on an international scale; the key theories of international business strategy, the rationales for international expansion and, foreign market entry modes, etc. You will understand the role and influence of culture in international business and the major policies and practices associated with cross-cultural management.

You will also be able to choose three additional 10 credit modules from an extensive list of optional modules. These give you the opportunity to tailor you learning to suit your personal career aspiration. You will find that many optional modules have particular focus on management issues in an international context, such as European Business Management, International Business in Emerging Economies, International Marketing, International Services Marketing, International Finance and International Master’s Summer School on Sustainability in Business, which are all highly recommended for those who would like to further pursue specific interests in particular aspects of international business management.

The Research Methods module will provide you with research training in the methods, tools and techniques of business research and project management to assist you with stage 3 of the programme. This stage requires you to undertake a personal research project assessed by dissertation, which is an extended piece of written work involving an original and in-depth investigation of a programme-specific management issue. Examples of recent dissertations covered include: entry strategies for Indian pharmaceuticals in the UK market; Japanese foreign direct investment in China; sustaining competitive advantage in the electrical and electronics industry; the impact of EU policies on levels of entrepreneurial activity in Europe.

At the end of this element of the programme you will have demonstrated the ability to conduct research into practical business problems and will have the skills and knowledge to be able to operate effectively in a broad range of contemporary business environments.

Each module represents approximately 100 hours’ study time of which typically 24 hours is contact time with the programme tutor(s) and the remaining 76 hours is made up of pre-reading, directed reading, preparatory work and assessment.

Teaching on the programme will be directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of formal lectures, staff/student led group discussions, personal research and guided self-study, tutorials, seminars and directed reading. These activities will all be further supported by the use of a virtual learning environment.

To facilitate learning, lectures and seminars will typically utilise case studies and simulations. Sessions may be delivered weekly or in blocks. Small Group sessions will use case studies and simulations with oral feedback given in class. Students will be guided to suitable primary and secondary data sources and be required to conduct research and presentation exercises. Resources to support teaching and learning activity will be provided.

The programme integrates applied and theoretical knowledge with assessment processes that test both knowledge of the discipline and understanding of its application and limitations.

Core modules

  • Business economics
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Human resource management
  • International business environment
  • Marketing planning and strategy
  • Operations Management
  • Research methods
  • Cross cultural Management
  • International Business Strategy
  • Dissertation

Option modules

Choose one from a range including:

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting & Finance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Decision Support for Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Environmental Management & Quality Systems
  • European Business Management
  • International Business in Emerging Economies
  • International Marketing
  • International Services Marketing
  • International Finance
  • Management of Change
  • Marketing Communications
  • Services Marketing
  • Strategic Accounting
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Marketing Simulation
  • Sustainable Operations
  • Future Technology & Innovation Management
  • International Master's Summer School

Learning activities and assessment

The programme is summatively assessed by a mixture of written examinations, assessed coursework, case studies, group projects and multimedia presentations.

Assessment is integrated with learning and teaching to support and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for individual modules and the programme as a whole. Emphasis is place on the feedback function of formative assessment as part of the learning, teaching and assessment strategy as a whole.

Study Abroad

This programme offers a small number of students the opportunity to participate in a student exchange programme whereby they spend semester two (six months) studying at one or two of our collaborative institutions:

  • EMLYON Business School (Lyon, France)
  • Kozminski University (Warsaw, Poland),
  • EADA Business School (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Audencia Ecole de Management (Nantes, France)

Students who participate in the exchange will take the distance learning version of the Research Methods module and other subject electives at the host institutions.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Our international business graduates are in high demand amongst multinational organisations and international consultancy firms. You'll also be able to establish or accelerate a career as a country or product manager.

The sectors and jobs that our MSc students achieve upon graduation vary depending on their previous experience and the pathway taken. In terms of career progression it is useful to consider where alumni are three years after graduation. Looking at the data derived from the School’s ranking in the Financial Times Master’s in Management Rankings, on average 25% of graduates are in senior manager roles and 20% in junior management positions three years after graduation.

Study Support

You'll be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.

Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.

The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area

These are in addition to the wide range of students support that are offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.


The strong research culture of the School of Management faculty informs the teaching and learning of our students. Our extensive industry networks provide the avenue for application of this knowledge. 


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £10,000
  • International: £14,950

Fees may be paid in full at enrolment, benefiting from a fee discount, or paid by instalments.

International applicants who pay their deposit of £2,000 before 31 January will receive a £1,000 discount, or £750 discount if the deposit is paid before 30 April, or a £500 discount if paid before 31 July.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Merit Scholarships

Worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.

Merit scholarships are available to support and encourage high calibre self-funding students for entry to a full-time MSc programme based at the School of Management and School of Law.

For these awards we focus on rewarding the potential contribution a student brings to the programme and its cohort - evaluating not just academic excellence, but work and personal achievements also.

How to apply: You do not need to make a separate application for the scholarship. Simply complete your programme application form and you will be automatically assessed for a Merit Scholarship.

Alumni Discount

Self-funded University of Bradford alumni, regardless of when they have graduated, will receive a 15% discount on the self-funded element of their tuition fees if they achieved a 2:2 or above in their undergraduate degree.

Company-sponsored study bursaries

A business relationship bursary of up to 35% is available for companies who have supported or worked with the School who are sponsoring or part-sponsoring an MSc student. The amount will depend on the strength of the relationship, which might include companies who have previously funded a student on a Bradford programme, employed a placement student, facilitated a student project, employed a member of faculty to produce a KTP or research project or commissioned an Executive Education programme. The list is not exhaustive and other business engagement activities could be considered eligible.

University-wide scholarships

There are a number of other scholarships available to postgraduate taught students at the University of Bradford. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more information.

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.