International Business and Management
Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
The MSc in International Business and Management is designed for students who wish to gain the knowledge and research skills that will help them to thrive in an increasingly dynamic global business management environment.
The course offers a number of students the opportunity to study overseas at one of our collaborative institutions.
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.
The course offers a small number of students the opportunity to participate in a student exchange programme whereby they spend semester 2 (six months) studying at one or two of our collaborative institutions [E.M. Lyon (École de Management Lyon France, Kozminski University (Warsaw), EADA (Barcelona) and Audencia Ecole de Management (Nantes)].
Students who participate in the exchange will take the distance learning version of the Research Methods module (MAN4122M) offered by the School of Management and other subject electives in the host institutions.
University of Bradford School of Management is one of the oldest and most experienced university-based business schools In Britain and home to over 500 postgraduate students from more than 70 different countries. The School celebrated 50 years of excellence in business education in 2013.
At our Bradford campus and across our global campus, we create a collaborative, supportive learning environment in which students, staff, alumni and businesses and organisations can share knowledge and ideas.
Bradford also scores extremely high in rankings for value for money, providing you with a very affordable way to gain a globally recognised Master's qualification from a leading UK university.
- University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016
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.
Initially, students take a number of compulsory modules to provide the foundations for an understanding of general management and business disciplines. In the second semester, study will focus on international & strategic perspectives, including six compulsory subjects and the opportunity yo choose one elective subject from a range of over 20. At this stage a small number of students have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner business schools overseas. The final part of the programmes is the dissertation looking at a specific international business topic.
- 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
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
Teaching on the full-time programme involves a combination of formal lectures, group discussions, tutorials, seminars and directed reading. Generally the programme aims to integrate applied and theoretical knowledge with assessment processes that test both knowledge of the disciplines and their application. Each course represents approximately 100 hours of study time of which typically 24 hours is contact time with the course tutor(s) and the remaining 76 hours is made up of pre-reading, directed reading, preparatory work and assessment.
Methods of assessment are varied and linked to learning requirements. They include open and closed book examination, essays, individual and group coursework assignments and case studies.
Career support and prospects
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 Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:
- One-to-one support
- Careers workshops
- Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
- Online resources
- Job opportunities
Our international business graduates are in high demand amongst multinational organisations and international consultancy firms. There are also opportunities to establish or accelerate a career as a country or product manager, or develop an international perspective for their own business.
The sectors and jobs that our MSc students achieve upon graduation vary depending on their previous experience and pathway taken. In terms of looking at career progression it is useful to consider where alumni are three years after graduation. Looking at the data derived from the School’s continued ranking in the Financial Times Master’s in Management Rankings, alumni continue to operate in a variety of sectors and that three years after graduation on average 25% of them are in senior manager roles and 20% in junior management positions.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (eg assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS is run by Martin Sedgley, supported by Amy Allhouse, and 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.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- 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.
Worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
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.
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.
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.
- Apply for 2016/17 courses (September 2016 - July 2017 start dates)
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 - July 2018 start dates)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Download the programme specification for International Business and Management
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.