International Business Management

Key Facts

Course Code N198
  • Qualification


  • Typical Course Length

    1 Year

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The Masters in International Business Management is MBM accredited by the Association of MBAs. Only 20 business schools throughout the world have achieved this prestigious programme accreditation. Students of the Masters in International Business Management Degree come from many parts of the business world; so that both the content and the context of your Master’s Degree in International Business Management will prepare you for engagement in business in the global market place. Your first degree may have been in any discipline.

Key Facts


One year full-time. The academic year (September to September) is divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June; June to September.

Contact time:

Approximately 12 hours a week in the first two semesters.  During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.


The modules in Semesters 1+2 are normally assessed about 70% by examination and 30% by continuous assessment of essays, reports and presentations. The Management Reports Module in Semester 3 is assessed by one written Company report of no more than 14,000 words on a specific company or issue within a company, a sector or issue within a sector, a business plan or a consultancy report for a client. Usually 70% of the report must cover one or more of these key subject areas: Economics; Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour; Financial Management and Management Accounting; Marketing and Strategy; the remaining 30% must cover the subject of Leadership and Managerial skills.

Entry Requirements:

A good Honours Degree (or its equivalent) in any discipline plus satisfactory references from your University. Candidates with equivalent experience and qualifications will be considered.

English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.

If your English does not meet the requirements you can always take a pre-masters English language course.

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.


The degree aims first to set a sound knowledge base in the fundamental aspects of Business and Management, including current theory and acknowledged best practice in the areas of organisational behaviour, information management and financial control. Thereafter it focuses on the international context, developing your awareness of international market trends and business opportunities. In addition to this basic knowledge, we aim to provide you with a set of analytical and applied skills and strategies which will stand you in good stead throughout your business career in the global marketplace.

Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

Whatever your own previous experience or future aspiration, you will benefit from an outstanding variety of in-class and outside learning environments. In-class activities include lectures, seminars, workshops, guest speakers and career development activities. Outside activities include managerial field trips, case study visits, outward-bound skills development activities, managerial reporting and liaison with professionals in business and industry.

We offer small class sizes and a friendly environment to encourage communication and the sharing of experiences, opinions and observations among you and your colleagues.  Alongside new knowledge and skills, as a graduate of the Aberystwyth Master’s in International Business Management, you will emerge with broadened international horizons and a network of new friends and contacts in the international Business world.

Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Qualification: MSc in International Business Management

  • This degree is accredited by the Association of MBAs

This degree will suit you:

  • Whatever your first degree - the Aberystwyth MBM programme will provide you with a solid grounding in business and management, whether or not you have studied them before;
  • Whether or not you already have some business experience – some of our students do, some don’t;
  • If you are committed to a career in International Business;
  • If you have the focus, aspiration and commitment to succeed.


Every aspect of the Aberystwyth MBM programme is designed to enhance your employability: indeed, successful completion of the MBM is in itself certain to do so; but we set more store by the hugely enhanced knowledge, abilities and skills with which you will graduate. We believe that prospective employers take a similar view.

In addition, we offer a career-development programme for professional managers, aimed at widening your knowledge, skills, experience and understanding of management and business practices. Our aspiration is to make you a better leader, a better manager and a better communicator.

As well as those who are recent graduates, many of our students have come to what they feel are significant turning points in their careers. By completing the Aberystwyth Master’s in International Business and Management you will have broadened your horizons, gaining knowledge, skills and business contacts which will enable you to consider further career moves and new opportunities in the medium and longer term. It is quite possible that your career will take an unexpected, more fulfilling or more lucrative direction because of what you learn in Aberystwyth - not just about Management, but about yourself, your competencies and your confidence.

Student Views

Name: Thi Kieu Anh Truong

From: Vietnam

Course: Masters in International Business Management

I have a bachelor degree in Accounting from Da Nang University of Economics in Vietnam and while being in the workplace I felt I lacked an understanding of international business management which is why I decided to study the Masters in International Business Management at Aberystwyth University.

My Masters course offers a wide range of business studies, including people and organisation, markets and marketing, accounting and finance, contemporary leadership, operations management, supply chain management, and international business. In one year you learn a vast knowledge of international business management.

All lecturers on the course are willing to help with any questions and provide clear feedback on assignments, clearly clarifying which aspects I was good at, and areas which I needed to spend more time on.

I was supported and well-informed of everything from the time I was accepted to study in Aberystwyth University. When arriving here we were welcomed warmly and though it is my first time going abroad, I felt safe and it was easy to get used to the new environment.

After completing my Masters I hope to continue working in an international business environment in a position with more responsibility so that I can apply all the knowledge I’ve gained from my course.