MSc International Business

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6th in the UK, 8th in Europe and top 40 in the world (CWTS Leiden Ranking).

Top 170 in the Global QS World University Rankings.

MSc International Business

About Exeter's Online MSc International Business

A World of Opportunity

The online MSc International Business degree equips you with the skills to succeed in business management anywhere. You will gain a global perspective in a programme that is ideal for professionals seeking to build business and management careers. Our students join an international learning community that offers a rigorous curriculum tackling relevant challenges in the international business field. If your ambition is to enter the management field as an international specialist, our programme can fit your specific interests. You’ll focus on:

  • Understanding how business is conducted in different cultures
  • Recognising the moving parts of a global economy
  • Developing an expertise on the relationships between a variety of different economies
Global Skills

The programme prepares you for a career in business and is suited for professionals from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, not just business and finance. After obtaining an MSc International Business degree, graduates will have skills suitable for management roles across a wide variety of fields in the private and public sectors. Our graduates gain a deep understanding of how to work in cross-functional teams and multicultural teams.

Professional Journey

Regardless of where you plan to build your career, the MSc International Business programme prepares you to fulfil your professional goals. You will graduate with the skills needed to take your career where you want it to go. Whether you’re after a management career, starting your own business, or taking over the family business, this degree can launch you on that career path.

Enhance Opportunities

The online MSc in International Business will broaden your knowledge, expertise and experience, allowing for career specialisations. The programme will leave you ready to focus in areas such as accounting, human resources or operations.

Why Exeter’s MSc International Business

The excellence of the programme is evident in the exceptional nature of our business school graduates. In addition, our faculty are recognised for their world-class research.

Exeter at a Glance:
  • UK’s top 10 universities in Higher Education (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)
  • World’s top 170 universities (QS and Times Higher Education rankings)
  • Students and academics from more than 140 different countries
  • 45 international partner universities

Interested in learning more about the programme? Fill out the form on this page to connect with an Admissions Adviser.

MSc International Business Online Programme Delivery

The programme is 180 credits with 11 modules. The degree can be completed in 2 years. Classes are 7 weeks long and the full programme consists of 105 core credits, 45 credits focused on a specialised pathway and a 30 credit dissertation. The pathways allow you to choose your expertise, adding a specialist component to your online MSc International Business degree. The pathways offered are:

  • General
  • Finance
  • Marketing

Courses are 100% online in a virtual learning environment. You can take classes at your own pace and access course materials at any time. A Student Support Adviser will work with you throughout the programme to help you succeed. Courses and assessments are presented in a variety of highly interactive ways, including lectures, discussions, reading materials, and written exams, as well as individual and group projects. In addition, you can immediately apply classroom theory to your professional life.

The dissertation is the cumulative product of all your coursework where you will have applied your knowledge to actual business scenarios and come up with sustainable solutions. The dissertation may also be a crucial portfolio piece that helps you leverage your education, as well as your experience, to potential employers.

MSc International Business Online Admissions

A mid 2.2 (55%) or equivalent with honours in any discipline from a recognised university. All 2.2 degrees will be considered where there is evidence of three years’ work experience within an organisation – private or public, government or NGO.

English Language Requirements

Students who are nationals of a majority English-speaking country may be accepted without an English qualification. Applicants who have undertaken a full degree in a majority English-speaking country and completed it within the last two years may also be exempt from providing an English language qualification. For all other applicants an English language qualification is required at the following levels:

IELTS (Academic)

IELTS score of 6.5 overall (minimum of 6.5 in writing section)


TOEFL 101 (internet-based) with a minimum score of 22 in any section

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

Pearson: 72, with no less than 57 in each section.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Applicants will be required to submit the following before commencing their programme of study:

  1. The original certified transcripts and certified translation if they are not in English.
  2. Accepted English language tests are IELTS, TOEFL IBT, Pearson Test of English Academic, and other tests. A full listing of tests and accepted scores can be found here. You can also find information on our international equivalency pages to see if existing qualifications match the entry requirements for our programme.
Transfer Credits

Transcript evaluations are completed after being received, and results are provided to the applicant with the admission decision.

MSc International Business Online Fees & Financial Aid

The online MSc International Business programme is £1,500/module for 10 modules and £3,000 for the dissertation, for a tuition total of £18,000 total for the UK and International students. To learn more about fees and funding, as well as financial aid, visit our Financial Services page.

MSc International Business Online Curriculum

Core Modules - 90 Credits

Pathway Modules

Dissertation Module

Careers and Outcomes

A postgraduate degree from the University of Exeter is recognisable as we are in the Top 170 QS World University Rankings. The online MSc International Business can help you find a specialised focus, such as human resource management, or obtain a position with a broader perspective, such as general management or consulting. Make an impact in your field by combining your unique undergraduate concentration with a focused international worldview. Our graduates go on to work as management professionals in a variety of environments, including financial institutions, non-profits, multinational corporations and more.

Graduates from the University of Exeter Business School have found positions all over the world. Graduates from the University of Exeter Business School have gone on to develop careers with:

  • BNP Paribas
  • Citigroup
  • Deloitte (India)
  • Singapore Airlines
  • HSBC
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM (China)
  • Industrial & Commercial Bank of China
  • Pinjin Asset Management
  • AXA Insurance (China)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Russia)
  • Apple (China) and Baker Tilly

University of Exeter Online students have the same access as on-campus students to the resources of our Careers and Employability team. Our team will support and aid you in fulfilling your goal of finding a global career.

To learn more, call +44 808 164 4020 to talk with an Admissions Adviser today.

Dissertation 30 Credits
Dissertation - 30 Credits

The dissertation module allows you to pursue a programme of independent research on a business management topic that is of interest to you. Every student will be allocated a dissertation supervisor, and, under whose guidance, you will do the research and complete the dissertation write-up (8,000-10,000 words long). A dissertation demands self-motivation and good organisational skills. You are expected to show initiative in choosing your topic of study and in executing the research. The module will further develop your skills in formulating appropriate research questions, developing a research agenda, planning and conducting a research programme and analysis.

Future Trends 15 Credits

This module will introduce you to the latest emerging trends affecting business in the 21st century, from a strategic marketing perspective. It will draw upon the work of Patrick Dixon and his investigations into the six faces of global change, which include fast, urban, tribal universal, radical and ethical, which, co-incidentally, spell out the word future (Dixon 2007). We will explore concepts such as sustainability, social responsibility, the implications of changing population dynamics, globalisation, shifting power relations, emerging economies, the impact of the digital economy and tech-based innovations. Students will also learn about horizon scanning and using strategic tools such as PESTEL analysis and others.

Marketing Strategy 15 Credits
Marketing Pathway - 45 Credits Total

The aim of this module is to introduce marketing as a central feature of the strategic planning process. The American Marketing Association defines marketing as the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. A marketing perspective focuses on an in-depth and critical understanding of desires and decision processes of customers and businesses. This module will introduce the stages of an organisation’s marketing strategy as strategic analysis, strategic choice, strategic implementation, and monitoring and control.

Accounting for International Managers 15 Credits

Business managers are ultimately responsible for organisation performance, position, and health. All decisions and activities have financial consequences. Questions are always being asked: How successful is the business? Is it profitable? Is it stable? Is it growing? How is it financed? Is it the best? Should you do business with it? Work for it? Buy from it? Sell to it?

Financial accounting information enables a wide range of stakeholders to make decisions regarding their relationship with an organisation. It is useful to be able to understand and evaluate the financial information businesses provide to make decisions.

Understanding Consumer Behaviour 15 Credits
Marketing Pathway - 45 Credits Total

The aim of the module is to understand the behaviour of people as consumers and the strategic implications of this understanding for marketing managers, as it is one of the critical components of marketing analysis in examining and diagnosing problems and reaching effective decisions. Principles from several social sciences, including psychology, sociology, and anthropology, are integrated to understand and analyse consumer actions, experiences, feelings, and judgement processes.

Market Analysis and Research 15 Credits
Marketing Pathway - 45 Credits Total

The aim of this module is to provide knowledge on the qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in market research, which provides a foundation to understand markets and consumers. A variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection and data analysis methods for descriptive, causal, and exploratory research designs will be discussed and compared, alongside the utilisation of these techniques in market research. The research design process (problem identification, proposal writing) will also be taught.

Principles of International Business 15 Credits

Business is increasingly international in scope as managers take advantage of greater access to foreign markets not only to sell products, but also to access inputs, knowledge, and skills. This module addresses several questions:

  • How does becoming an international business change a company that previously operated only in the home market?
  • How are its resources and capabilities challenged and transformed by internationalisation?
  • What factors determine whether an international business is successful?
Fundamentals of Financial Management 15 Credits
Finance Pathway - 45 Credits Total

Fundamentals of Financial Management will take you through an appraisal of models and issues arising in the area of financial management. This module introduces you to finance theory and financial management. It covers techniques for capital budgeting, the role of risk in capital budgeting, and the cost of capital. In addition, the module introduces the topic of financial markets, covering the notion of portfolio diversification leading to simple asset pricing models. It analyses models and evidence relating to a firm’s optimal capital structure and appropriate dividend policy.

International Human Resource Management 15 Credits

The aim of this module is to consider the context, theory, and practice of international human resource management (IHRM) – with a particular focus on HRM issues in an international context, as well as working abroad. The module aims to critically consider the emergence of IHRM as a discipline and its practices within a global context. Emphasis is placed on debates associated with the utilisation of human resources in an international context, including migration and labour markets. It aims to analyse specific HRM areas in the international arena, such as comparative employee relations and participation, international staffing and expatriation, training and development, as well as compensation and performance management.

Financial Instruments 15 Credits
Finance Pathway - 45 Credits Total

Financial Instruments provides an overview of the different types of financial instruments, their primary characteristics, and their markets. These instruments include equities, bonds, derivatives and alternative financial investments such as mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity and exchange traded funds.

Strategy for International Managers 15 Credits

In this module, we explore different aspects of strategy and strategic management within a global context. It is critical for anyone aspiring to manage their own business to become a senior executive or consultant to have a clear understanding of the concepts and ideas needed to effectively craft and execute strategy. We cover classical and current theory but also provide a practical focus with a simulation and a number of international case studies.

International Operations Management 15 Credits

Operations management is concerned with managing processes, and how organisations capture value in the production of goods and delivery of services. This field of study is applicable in manufacturing and the service sector, from small retailers and professionals to banks and insurance companies, hospitals and utilities. We study how firms achieve competitive success through improving the processes involved in delivering their products and services, and reducing costs through increased efficiencies. The module covers operations strategy, process design, capacity planning, project management, quality, supply chain management, and improving how the product/service is delivered.

Investment Analysis I 15 Credits
Finance Pathway - 45 Credits Total

The principal function of this module is to ensure that you are able to use the tools available for equity valuation using annual reports. You will learn how to critically assess the content of annual reports.

Research and Analysis Skills for Business Research 15 Credits

Operations management is concerned with managing processes, and how organisations capture value in the production of goods and delivery of services. This field of study is applicable in manufacturing and the service sector, from small retailers and professionals to banks and insurance companies, hospitals and utilities. We study how firms achieve competitive success through improving the processes involved in delivering their products and services, and reducing costs through increased efficiencies. The module covers operations strategy, process design, capacity planning, project management, quality, supply chain management, and improving how the product/service is delivered. We draw upon case studies from around the world, focusing on businesses and government service operations which draw upon the opportunities and added dynamics of managing operations in an international marketplace.