MSc International Management

Duration Full time 1 year
  • Business and Management
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


Our MSc International Management is perfect if you have less than three years’ work experience and are looking to further develop your business knowledge, and launch a dynamic, international business career.

Whilst it is ideal for those who have recently graduated with a business degree, it is also particularly relevant for those from non-business backgrounds looking to add incisive business education to their undergraduate degree.

The core modules on the programme will equip you with the skills, knowledge and insight to help you achieve a successful and sustainable career in business and management anywhere in the world. There is also a wide variety of modules for you to choose from to align your degree to your career aspirations.

Our cohort continues to be truly multinational and you will therefore learn first-hand how different cultures approach the same challenges with different perspectives. This international outlook will enhance your learning experience and help you build a network of peers from across the globe.

This 12-month programme comprises 10 taught modules, seven of which are compulsory modules that are taken during terms one and two, and three of which are selected from optional modules, and are taken during terms two and three. Students also undertake a dissertation or business project in term three.


My business consulting project was focused on the future of Exeter as a city and involved collaborating with local businesses and stakeholders. This provided a hands-on, practical experience that will prepare me to effectively launch my career.

Clairre Abeyratne - MSc International Management.

Enhance your degree with Study Abroad Opportunities

One-semester exchange programme

Students on our MSc International Management programme have the exciting opportunity to add an extra element to their programme by spending their second term at one of the following prestigious universities:

  • University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Bocconi University, Italy
  • Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • HEC Lausanne, Switzerland

Double Degree

Spend your first year at Exeter and a second year at another world class international institution, resulting in two Masters degrees and the opportunity to expand your knowledge even further.

For more information on the exchange programme, double degrees and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.

Programme structure

The intensive nine month variant of this programme is delivered over three terms from September to June and is University-based throughout this time.

During the programme you will study modules totalling 180 credits.

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Programme structure (12 month)

The programme is delivered over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. The programme in its entirety runs from September to September.

During the programme you will study modules, including a dissertation, totalling 180 credits. Please note that all options are available timetable permitting and may change.

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.


The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.


Wherever in the world you plan to work, our Master’s programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful and flexible career. Employers expect advanced communication and technical skills, team-working and independent research, project-management and the very latest specialist knowledge from their postgraduate recruits.

An MSc in International Management enables you to develop the professional and global management skills and subject expertise that will make you a valuable asset from day one of your career and set you apart from other MSc International Management graduates in the marketplace. This is a recommended programme for those converting from a first degree from another discipline as well as for those who wishing to deepen their knowledge of best practice in global management.

Careers in International Management

This degree programme prepares you for a variety of management roles across a range of sectors and types of organisation. Whether you plan to develop your career in the private or public sector, a multinational or SME, this programme enables you to gain a rich understanding of the current management challenges and trends facing business leaders in the world today.

Whether you plan to move into a specific function (like HR or Operations), or your goal is General Management or consultancy, the MSc in International Management provides a great launch pad for your future success.

Graduates from this programme have secured roles with a wide variety of organisations including 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.

Our Careers & Employability team will help you identify your career path and support your route to a fulfilling global career.

The Careers Camp

The MSc in International Management includes a compulsory, three-day, intensive Careers Camp run in Exeter. During this camp, you will familiarise yourself with the programme, get to know your fellow class mates and begin thinking about your future career. The camp takes place in the second half of Induction Week and consists of taught components, group activities and private reflection time, facilitated by dedicated academic and careers staff, as well as external, team-building specialists.

Global Career Management (BEMM170)

Our Global Career Management module is unique to the Business School, designed completely around you and your career. You will develop the critical and reflective thinking skills and research skills associated with rigorous academic endeavour and apply them to the management of your own personal project - your career.

Delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, individual research, group discussion, and one-to-one coaching sessions, this module augments the academic and applied knowledge you will gain throughout your academic studies on your Masters programme and will enable you to apply that learning more successfully to your chosen career path. This ensures that in the long term you will gain maximum benefit from your learning experience at the University of Exeter Business School.

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Business School careers service web page for more information.

Further information

Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 with honours in any discipline from a recognised university. We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications. 

Pre-Masters programme for international students

The Graduate Diploma in Management run by the INTO University of Exeter Centre is a pre-Masters programme designed to enhance your subject knowledge, study skills and English ability. Successful completion of the Diploma (subject to achieving the specific grades of entry) gives students from overseas the skills needed for acceptance onto this Masters programme.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

At least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section.


At least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

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

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

  • UK/EU: £13,600 full-time
  • International: £22,000 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.

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Postgraduate Admissions queries

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Phone +44 (0) 1392 726679

For questions about your offer, CAS/Visa, supporting documents or application process:

Phone +44 (0) 1392 723044 (overseas) or 0300 555 6060 (UK)

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