MSc International Management

The University of Bolton's MSc in International Management offers you the chance to make your mark in management and opens up opportunities in the global employment arena. With effective international management skills, you'll be ideally equipped to build a career almost anywhere in the world.

International Management

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Mode of Study:



12 months


University of Bolton

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Course Details

Designed to assist the next generation of managers in developing the necessary knowledge and skills for career development, our MSc in International Management offers a comprehensive overview of global management theories and practices, focusing on the different national and cultural contexts in which companies operate.

Stimulating and challenging, this master's degree combines elements of research, innovation and application to build your academic and professional skillsets. It's designed to enhance your career opportunities and open up areas for further study. A key course focus is global decision-making and exploring the role of management in a cross-cultural context, including the concepts and issues relating to diversity and human resource management.

You'll study a range of relevant subject areas, such as strategy formulation, sustainable business development, innovative marketing, and finance and accounting. Overall, this exciting postgraduate course offers a firm foundation in management skills for international settings.

  • In an increasingly international business world, awareness of global management practices is desirable among employers. You'll have opportunities to build cross-cultural management skills valued in the international employment market.
  • Teaching is provided by staff with specialist knowledge in a range of management areas and close links with business and industry.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work in advance, ensuring that in-class learning is highly interactive.
  • Our academic skills and professional practice module will support you in developing the academic skills required for study.
Key Features
  • The programme provides a significant grounding in international management theories and practices.
  • The University's excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas are freely available for your use.
  • You can join the Greater Manchester Business School's well-established postgraduate community and study alongside fellow professionals aiming for a career in executive management.
  • We're committed to helping you develop your employability and career network. We'll encourage you to attend guest lectures that enhance your learning, help you make contacts in the industry and contribute to your professional development.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.
Professional recognition

Holders of the University of Bolton's MSc International Management can apply for the status of Member (MCMI) or Fellow (FCMI) of the Chartered Management Institute. The point at which you can be accepted will depend on factors other than qualifications, such as your responsibilities at work. Full details are available on the CMI website:

  • Normally, you should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a business-related subject (or an equivalent professional qualification). Examples of business-related subjects include: business management, accountancy, economics, politics, finance, international business, human resources, management information systems, logistics, supply chain management, operations management, marketing, business administration, data analytics, entrepreneurship, healthcare management, hospitality management, organisational leadership, project management, public relations, and law.
  • Alternatively, you should have at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in any subject (or an equivalent professional qualification).
  • We'll also consider your application if you don't possess the academic qualifications listed above but have at least two years of work experience in a business or management capacity.
  • We'll also consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The University of Bolton's MSc International Management is ideal if you want a management career that takes you around the world or you wish to work for international organisations with multi-country operations. The course focuses on global decision-making and the role of management in a cross-cultural context.

As a graduate of this master's degree, you'll possess an understanding of the global economic, social and political environments that affect organisations. The course supports you in developing a range of employability skills, including researching and reporting, public speaking, financial understanding, commercial awareness, strategic planning, enterprise and innovation, and decision-making in a global context.

What can I do with this qualification?

This course is designed to prepare you for a variety of management roles across a range of sectors and types of organisations. This may be within the private, public or voluntary sector, or a multinational company or SME. Roles are available in marketing, HR, finance, information systems, strategic management, retail, manufacturing, management consultancy, international banking, and commodities markets.

This internationally recognised qualification can also help to progress to competitive graduate schemes, which are advanced training packages for aspiring business leaders, usually in large corporate companies. These are often multinational or global companies that recognise the need for managers who understand the global market.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some possible careers include:

  • Accountancy
  • Hotel and leisure management
  • Public relations
  • Financial management
  • Information systems
  • Market research analysis
  • Product management
  • Health policy and information
  • Purchasing
  • Teaching and education
  • Media (TV, film, online, newspaper, magazine)
  • Advertising
  • Self-employment
  • Logistics
  • Banking
  • Auditing and quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Risk and insurance
  • Journalism

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £8,496 for the academic year 2024/25.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £15,950 for the academic year 2024/25.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


Click here for more information on our Master's Bursaries.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

Thank you for your interest

In order to determine your suitability for this course as an international student and also to confirm you meet any initial eligibility criteria, we need you to answer a few short questions.


We use a blended learning approach, combining face-to-face sessions with online engagement. You can expect a range of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, workshops, group and individual tutorials, information literacy skills development, and personal development planning (PDP). We'll expect you to devote a significant amount of time to guided independent study. This can include, for example, engaging in general background reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments, and revising for examinations.

Our assessment strategy serves several functions. The obvious and primary function is to evaluate your achievement. However, assessment also helps you organise and develop your learning. We'll provide feedback to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.

Assessments fall into two general categories: formative and summative. Formative assessments don't contribute to your overall module grade. However, they are integral to a module's learning strategy, so you must complete them. They will be marked, and you'll receive feedback on your level of achievement. Summative assessments, on the other hand, are activities for which the marks will contribute to your overall module grade. You'll also receive feedback on these assessments to see what you've done well and where you can improve.

We employ many different forms of assessment, such as coursework (usually essays), case studies, presentations, examinations and in-class assessments.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • International Marketing Management
  • Information Systems for Business Performance
  • HR In A Global Context
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Strategy
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Academic Skills and Professional Practice
  • Financial Management and Decision Making
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 91%, Written exams 9%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Paul Cowley
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903773

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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