MSc International Business

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Key information


MSc International Business

Types of study

Full time


12 months

Start date

September 2024


Nottingham University Business School China

Introductory video


Entry requirements

Although the entry requirements vary depending on the course, as a general rule, you are expected to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent). The programme open to all disciplines except for Business or Management related disciplines.

In addition to academic qualifications, if your first language is not English or entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution), you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English.

The minimum requirements for our courses are:

  • IELTS 6.5 no less than 6.0 in any element;
  • PTE Academic 71 (minimum 65);
  • TOEFL (IBT) 90 (minimum 19 in Writing and Listening, 20 in Reading and 22 in Speaking).

Course overview

This is a career-changing programme for non-business graduates.

This programme aims to develop knowledge and skills in fundamental management disciplines, while also including specialist modules in various areas of international business.

With the global economy increasingly influencing the business world, this programme provides non-business school graduates with a solid foundation in international business theory and practice.

Special features

As a 'conversion' masters programme for students without a degree in business/management and related areas, this programme aims to cultivate interdisciplinary talented graduates who are not only good at what they have learnt during the undergraduate programme, but also have expertise in the business related field.

Course structure

The MSc in International Business programme is a full-time degree studied over a period of calendar year commencing late September. In each case participants take taught modules and prepare a dissertation. Students without the relevant English proficiency are required to do a Summer pre-sessional programme before gaining entry onto the postgraduate programme.

Classes are in the form of two or three hour teaching/learning sessions that include some small group teaching and study.

The structure of the MSc in International Business programme is modular, with individual modules each having weighting of either 10 or 20 credits. One credit represents 10 hours of student work, meaning that a 10 credit module represents 100 hours, and a 20 credit module represents 200 hours of study including formal teaching, independent study, revision, and the preparation of assessments. The MSc degree requires the successful completion of 180, 120 of which are taught modules, and 60 credits an international business dissertation.

All students undertake core modules relating to international business. The remaining modules offer a choice of electives. These allow the student to focus upon the modules with an international emphasis that is most closely associated with his/her career aspirations.

Year 1 modules


Compulsory modules

Students must take all modules in this group.

Module Code Module Title Credits Taught
BUSI4317 Principles of Accounting 10


BUSI4319 International Business Environment 10


BUSI4315 Business Economics 20


BUSI4316 Managing People 20


BUSI4324 Essentials of International Marketing 10


BUSI4320 International Business Strategy 20


BUSI4529 Research Methods for Management Studies 20


BUSI4325 Dissertation: MSc International Business 60




Students must take 10 credits from this group

Module Code Module Title Credits Taught
BUSI4385 Business to Business Marketing 10


BUSI4533 Further Quantitative Research Methods 10


BUSI4538 Further Qualitative Research Methods 10


BUSI4544 Managing International Business in China 10


BUSI4547 E-Business 10


BUSI4549 Strategies for Corporate Social Responsibility 10


BUSI4605 Strategic Entrepreneurial Growth 10


BUSI4630 Introduction to Intellectual Property Law & Innovation 10


Careers and further study

This degree offers career opportunities in a variety of careers such as Accountancy, Consultancy, Business Development, Human Resources, IT, Logistics, Marketing, Private Banking, Project Management, Market Research and Sales and Distribution.

According to the latest Careers and Employment Report, International business graduates tended to choose to work in listed enterprises and large holding group corporations.


Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships.

Please click here and find more information about scholarships.

Contact us

Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0574) 8818 0182