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MBA International Business

In recognition of industry demand, this MBA combines a grounding in core business subjects with a specialisation in international business. 

This qualification has been designed in response to market demand for graduates with both transferable skills and with the capacity to meet the challenge of shifts in global business ecosystems, the advances in artificial intelligence, and big data. While the first part of the course prepares you with a broad knowledge of fields including marketing, human resources and strategic management, you will move on to studying specialist modules that will introduce you to a range of new technologies and concepts. 

You will study theory, but also have many chances to apply your own knowledge gained from practical experience. Our students come from diverse backgrounds:  this MBA can adapt to your needs and interests whether you have experience of management in large companies or of working in a small business. 


Once you have decided that you would like to study this programme, you will need to apply by submitting an application directly to the University.

Visit the UWTSD Birmingham's apply section to find out more. You can also apply using the link below.

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Institution Code: T80

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

  • Develop the key leadership and management skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.
  • Work with friendly, experienced, practice-led tutors who will guide you through every step of the process.
  • Equip yourself for the international, globalised business world. 
  • Learn from guest speakers from the business world and take part in competitions and other activities. 
  • Bolster your career by acquiring or refining the key transferable and specialised skills needed for senior management positions. 

What you will learn

Course Overview

This programme is available to Home and International applicants.

The programme covers a wide range of general business and management modules. You will be encouraged to apply the concepts you have learned to practical cases in order to effectively utilise the theoretical methodology.

The modules have been designed to develop your potential to manage and lead organisations effectively through the development of your own abilities. 

After covering the general curriculum in the first four modules, the course will focus in detail on the international business environment and on marketing in a global context.

The final module is highly adaptable to your circumstances and professional interests, and gives you the chance to draw on your own work experience as well as on academic research. 

*Please note that due to student cohort sizes, the University may request that you choose an alternative pathway.

Module Topics

The MBA International Business programme will equip students with general business management knowledge to provide a solid background in a variety of methodologies.

Part 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Financial Management (compulsory, 20 credits)
    • Upon the successful completion of the Financial Management module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • research, apply and evaluate a variety of financial assessment techniques for application to a case study
    • research, evaluate and critically discuss various issues and theoretical frameworks used in the management and control of financial resources.
  • Human Capital Management (compulsory, 20 credits)
    • Upon the successful completion of the Human Capital Management module, the student should be able to:
    • critically review and appraise current research and advanced scholarship so to enable them to evaluate managerial and business environments
    • demonstrate a systematic understanding of current issues in Human Capital Management within a variety of organisations so to enable them to manage effectively the design and implementation of fair, efficient and effective policies and procedures that serve to deliver upon the strategic aims of the organisation.
  • Marketing Management (compulsory, 20 credits)
    • Upon the successful completion of the Marketing Management module, the student should be able to:
    • critically appraise key marketing activities and the contribution of the marketing department to the organisation
    • anticipate and critically evaluate future developments in the field of marketing especially through technology.
  • Strategic Management (compulsory, 20 credits)
    • Upon the successful completion of the Strategic Management module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • synthesise the relationship between the external context of an organisation and its internal context and their impact on its strategies
    • critically evaluate competitive and development strategies, in the context of contemporary strategic management issues
      assess the factors that must be considered in strategy implementation.

Specialist modules:

  • International Business Concepts (compulsory, 20 credits)
    • Upon the successful completion of the International Business Concepts module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • critically evaluate the main features which contribute to the international business environment and its main institutions and the key decisions underpinning international organisational strategy
    • evaluate the different modes of engagement with international markets and explore the interconnectedness between these and the economic, legal, governmental, political, regulatory, cultural and other environments in which expanding companies operate
    • conduct informed research into international business issues and apply theoretical insights to the analysis of such issues in the context of a complex international business environment.
  • International Marketing: Principles and Practices (compulsory, 20 credits)
    • Upon the successful completion of the International Marketing: Principles and Practices module, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
    • critically compare and contrast the impact of cultural differences and similarities between nations in a marketing context
    • identify and critically reflect on the contemporary ethical and practical frameworks of marketing within a global context.

Part 2

  • Dissertation, OR Integrated Case Study, OR Business Development Proposal (compulsory, 60 credits)

Modules are assessed by coursework. This may take various forms, work-based projects, small research projects, presentations, case study analysis and the final research project/dissertation. Students who are not currently in employment may be able to base their projects on case studies.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

This programme is available to Home and International applicants.

Normally, the possession of a minimum of a 2:2 UK first degree or an equivalent international qualification recognised by UK ENIC or work experience of five years at a senior managerial level in lieu of first degree.

English language proficiency at or exceeding an average IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent in any other approved test), with no score less than 5.5 in any components of the test.

Normally work experience of two years or more at a managerial or supervisory level is expected.

Career Opportunities

Employability will depend greatly on international location, industry and career structure. Potential careers and advancement opportunities include management roles in business, human resource management and international workforce development, international business contexts including business entrepreneurship and regional development, education, health service development, the public services and elsewhere.

Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. You should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with studying such as transport and any on-campus purchases including printing, coffees, snacks or other sundry items.

You may choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops, tablets, and/or software over the course of their studies. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to you at the time of registration.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Further Information

Please contact birminghamadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk if you have any questions about the University or about this course in particular. You may also find our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page helpful.