Business and Management (International Business)

  • Award: MA, PGDip
  • School: Bath Business School
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  • Course length: MA full-time three trimesters (one calendar year); MA part-time 32 months; PGDip full-time two trimesters; PGDip part-time four trimesters
  • Campus: Newton Park
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How to Apply

Specialise in international business studying this Bath Business School MA.

  • Provides a solid foundation in business, combined with a named specialism in International Business
  • Equips you with commercial acumen, knowledge, business and professional skills necessary to succeed
  • Prepares you to flourish in senior roles in the global business environment

Why study Business and Management (International Business)?

Become a business leader of the future with this career-enhancing postgraduate management qualification. This course is for individuals looking for a credible postgraduate Business and Management qualification with a specialism in international business.

Prior work experience and a first degree in Business and Management are not essential; we explore fundamental principles of business and management with a focus on your employability.

Course structure

At an advanced level, you’ll study of a range of organisations and the rapidly changing environments in which they operate both nationally and internationally. You’ll specialise by studying and researching within the field of international business.

Expect to enhance your academic research skills and practical management skills. You’ll need these in order to manage human resources, use complex organisational systems and face the challenging issues affecting business in a rigorous, pragmatic and effective manner.


Introduction to Social Science Research Methods15 credits
Advanced Academic & Business Skills* 15 credits
International Business Environment15 credits
International Business Practice15 credits
Marketing Management15 credits
Marketing Communications*15 credits
Financial & Management Accounting15 credits
International Financial Management*15 credits
Entrepreneurship*15 credits
Creative Enterprise: A New Business Venture* 15 credits
Managing People15 credits
Governance, Ethics & Risk Management15 credits
Dissertation/Consultancy Project in International Business60 credits

*Optional modules

Course assessment

We use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, reports, exams and presentations. You’ll work independently and as part of a team, including for assessments.

Field trips

Where appropriate, we’ll organise field trips to enrich your learning.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We use simulated work experience strategies that require you to operate as if in a real-world work environment. The curriculum is enriched by links with industry. For instance, assessments may be formed around live briefs provided by local, national or international organisations, who will work collaboratively with you to develop solutions to existing business problems or needs.

We give the choice to work on a Consultancy Project, rather than writing a traditional dissertation. This means you’ll work with an existing or nascent business to undertake research related to an issue posed by the business; providing ideas, information and management advice. This will naturally further practical, work engagement skills alongside traditional academic, research skills.


We encourage you to compete in a variety of University and external competitions, for example the University’s Business Plan Competition, the Bath Spa Award and CIMA’s Global Business Challenge.

Teaching methods

Become a business leader of the future with this career-enhancing postgraduate management qualification. This course is for individuals looking for a credible postgraduate Business and Management qualification with a specialism in international business.

Prior work experience and a first degree in Business and Management are not essential; we explore fundamental principles of business and management with a focus on your employability.

Application method

This programme offers two entries in a year. One starts in October and the other one starts in February.

Application forms are available online and should be completed and returned to us either electronically or through the post. If you have any queries please contact the admissions department:

Telephone: (01225) 875624.


If your academic and/or English language qualifications are below the required level for this course, you can apply for our on-campus Pre-Masters programme.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

For all enquiries about the course please contact Course Director, Mark Coombs.

Telephone: +44 (0)1225 875501


Entry requirements

Applications from a variety of backgrounds are welcomed. Normally a good honours degree in any academic discipline or a relevant professional qualification. Applicants who do not meet the academic entry standard, but who have relevant work experience, will be considered on their individual merits by the Course Director. Previous experience and learning can be taken into consideration.

Career opportunities

The MA Business and Management programme is designed to prepare participants for a wide range of careers in general management across all industry sectors. It will prepare you for entry level into management and ready you for progression to middle management positions. The advanced learning that it provides delivers practical management based skills and techniques that are directly applicable to a wide range of occupations. The content of the programme is directly applicable to those who wish to work in business start-up, small and medium size business management and multi-national corporates.

Study within the specialist International Business pathway allows for further concentration of skills and techniques in helping you to develop transferrable intellectual vocational and interpersonal skills appropriate for careers in international management and cross-culture management for both international organisations and domestic organisations that conduct international business or intend to extend their activities into the international market.

Study within the specialist International Business pathway also applies to those participants who wish to work in a self-employed capacity in all industries or be a freelancer in the creative and performing arts sectors.

List of current alumni careers

  • Assistant Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Case Manager at London and Country Mortgages
  • Planner and Account Manager at Siemens

Careers Team

The University’s Careers and Employability team, provide regular career and placement-specific workshops, as well as 1-to-1, dedicated advice sessions, to help you source and secure formative work placement experiences throughout and after your studies at Bath Spa University.

What students say...

"I thoroughly enjoyed the MA Business and Management course because it enabled me to put theory into practise and link theories to real life scenarios.  Modules of particular interest were Service and Relationship Management, Marketing Management and Marketing Communications. The course moulds you into an independent academic by providing you with plenty of free time to conduct your own research whilst being able to contact your lecturers if you need the support".

Alex Peter, graduated in 2012, previous supervisor at White Stuff Ltd.

"I choose the course because I wanted to increase my academic expertise further in a business related field. I felt that the course content was very practically applicable to real business scenarios at a strategic level and offered a good range of business topics within the modules. I found it particularly impressive that the course lecturers have significant industry experience, are genuinely interested in their students’ success and were exceptionally supportive. Additionally, having the option to conduct the research project as a consultancy piece was an attractive option from an employability angle after graduating. I believe that having a post graduate qualification increased my employability prospects. I would highly recommend the course to anyone looking to further their academic business knowledge. Whether from a business related background or looking to change their specialism, the course is equally beneficial. Just be prepared for the intensity of course, as modules are run over short periods. You do need to be organised to manage the workload but this also means the course content is very varied and interesting and topics stay fresh".

Harriet Formby, 2013 Graduate, Finance Trainee at FDWORKS

'I enjoyed my time and experience at Bath Spa University. I decided to study the MA business and Management course to improve my knowledge and understanding of business practice. Having previously studied at a different university in a different subject I was impressed with the structure of the course and found the advice from the tutors helpful during the research dissertation project. I would thoroughly recommend this course whether or not you have a background in business management. In my personal experience I grew in confidence as a result of the course because for me it was a subject I had not previously studied. I acquired new knowledge and understanding of commercial awareness from the various modules I chose. The course is intensive and requires an amount of commitment and organisation, which is especially important during the research/consultancy project. However the university provides an excellent and tranquil environment in which to study.'

James Macdonald, 2013 Graduate, Business Development intern at Sally Narrowboats.