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International Management (MSc)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

To give students both the knowledge and expertise needed for a successful career in International Management, and a specialist knowledge of the role of a manager in a globalised world.

Special Features

International Study Visit:
The programme includes a short (3-4 days) compulsory international visit for students. This will take place in late April/early May to coincide with the students’ preparations for their International Management Project. The purpose of the visit is to take students out of Cardiff into a context where issues of international management can be considered from a different perspective. This may involve a variety of activities such as listening to and meeting managers and policy makers in multinational firms and/or international organizations. It may involve some non-assessed group activities set up in consultation with potential hosts.

Course Description

This MSc programme is primarily designed for those interested in the changing nature of management in a globalized world. It will provide a strong basis for a variety of careers such as:

Available Modules

Globalization, Regulation & the Business Environment

Globalization, Regulation and the Business Environment will provide students with the opportunity to engage in depth with the social embeddedness of business and management.

Semester One

Each student will undertake compulsory units in:

  • International Business Environment
  • Governance, Regulation and Standards in Global Business

Semester Two

Students will choose two of the following units:

  • Asian Business Systems
  • European Business Systems
  • International Business Ethics

Management in an International Context

Management in an International Context will enable students to take a view inside the firm and examine aspects of control and coordination in multinational firms together with the organization of particular specialisms and sectors in an international perspective.

Semester One

Each student will undertake compulsory units in:

  • International Management
  • Cross Cultural Management

Semester Two

Students will choose two of the following units:

  • Globalization and the Management of Labour
  • International Marketing
  • Managing in International Professional Services Firms


The International Management Project

The International Management Project is a combination of group and individual work in which students use the knowledge and skills developed in the module units to analyse issues of their own choosing related to problems of managing in international contexts through the submission of two pieces of individual work; firstly a research plan and secondly the International Management Project.

Skills Acquired

Career Prospects

This course is aimed at students who want to work as international managers in multinational companies, global enterprises and SME's.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in business, social sciences, humanities or law. Applications will be considered from recent graduates with an upper second class Honours degree from an approved university or those with a similar level of qualification gained by other methods. Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or work experience may also be considered under certain circumstances.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS exam, obtaining a minimum score of 6.5 with a subscore of 6 in each component.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £8,000 £17,750
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, Cardiff Business School  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6953 



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