MSc International Management

Course overview

Focusing on contemporary concepts and theories relevant to a systems view of international business, this programme enables students to understand the complexities faced by the management of international firms when trying to achieve sustainable performance responsibly.

The programme covers the tangible and less tangible challenges involved in managing global firms or working in international organisations.  It aims to equip students with the necessary conceptual understanding and personal skills to manage a systems view of international firms. It balances an appreciation of the dynamics of the external environment, stakeholders and internal behavioural aspects of organisations. Students appreciate and assess the current ethical complexities involved in managing global organisations, and the factors involved in ethically sensitive decision-making. Students are encouraged to develop strong discursive and presentation skills through class debate and formal presentations.

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How we teach you

A holistic approach

Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen. It also requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Henley is renowned for its well-researched, professional approach to this aspect of business education and all our postgraduate programmes examine this aspect of leadership - helping to create emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

How you will learn

Henley Business School enjoys a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts, underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders, a thread that runs through all of our Masters programmes.

Our postgraduate masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your individual personal development needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This stimulating mix of lectures and interactive tutorials provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the subject material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students. You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings and be able to challenge some of those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues and tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry, giving you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

How we assess you

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods which vary depending on your chosen Masters programme. These include online materials and multimedia content, guest lectures, individual and group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations form around 70% of the assessed work with the remaining 30% coming from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme. The exam period falls between April and June in the summer term, with students taking an average of 5 or 6 exams. Graduation normally takes place in December.

Ongoing support

While postgraduate students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss the content of each module and your personal tutor can meet with you regularly to discuss any additional issues. Full-time support staff are also available to help with any questions or issues that may arise during your time at Henley

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Meet us

If you are unable to attend of the events listed below, please get in touch with our team.  We will be happy to speak to you by telephone, on Skype or through our Live Chat system (during UK office hours: 9 - 5 pm).

Our contact details are: or telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 7593.

Please see our full list of world fairs where you can meet a Henley representative. 




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If you have any questions, please contact us by email at or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 7593.

Meet us

If you are unable to attend of the events listed below, please get in touch with our team.  We will be happy to speak to you by telephone, on Skype or through our Live Chat system (during UK office hours: 9 - 5 pm).

Our contact details are: or telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 7593.

Please see our full list of world fairs where you can meet a Henley representative. 




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If you have any questions, please contact us by email at or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 7593.

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If you have any questions, please contact us by email at or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 7593.

Why Henley?

Duration: 12 months full-time

Starts: September

Assessment: Exams, applied project and individual and group assignments

Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US

Excellent networking potential : 70,000 Henley alumni in 150 countries

High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year

Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities

World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events

Part of world top 1% ranked university: Reading has a global reputation for its learning experience and employability potential.

Course modules

Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2016/17. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.

Module Name Credits


Compulsory Modules:

This module aims to introduce students to the core concepts and models underlying contemporary strategic management, their theoretical and empirical foundations, their limitations, the arguments surrounding them and their practical application to real issues facing real companies.  This module provides students with an understanding of the conceptual and analytical tools of strategic management and economics.

  • Theories, frameworks and introduction
  • Internal resources and competencies of firms
  • External environment in which firms operate
  • The process of internationalisation
  • Globalisation and regional integration
  • Collaborative behaviour and strategic alliances
  • Integration/responsiveness framework and strategy



20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module introduces students to the basic concepts, principles and techniques involved in marketing, and to the role of marketing management within all types of organisations (retail, consumer goods, industrial goods, service, non-profit oriented, domestic and international). Students will develop an appreciation of the special requirements for successfully conducting marketing activities by concentrating on the market-oriented approach to doing business.

  • Marketing planning                                                                                                         
  • Marketing environment                                                                 
  • Segmentation, targeting and positioning 
  • Buying behaviour (consumer behaviour and business to business) 
  • Product 
  • Promotion
  • Price and distribution  

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This course is about how organisations behave and how people behave in organisational settings. It is both practically useful and intellectually challenging. The module will explore three distinct bodies of knowledge: firstly, your informal and tacit knowledge of organisations gained from everyday life; secondly, the mainstream approaches to organisational behaviour (OB) and management studies; and finally, alternative, critical approaches drawn from OB and the wider social sciences.


Topics include:

  • Motivational theory
  • Critical approaches to motivation and work
  • Technology and progress
  • Varieties of authority
  • Power in organisations
  • Bureaucratic rationality
  • Post-bureaucracy: real or imagined?

20 [10 ECTS credits]

 This module aims to help students get the most from the learning opportunities offered during their MSc course. It provides students with an understanding of what is required to perform well in essays, dissertations, projects, report writing and examinations at the University of Reading. It develops students’ awareness of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature reviews and original research for a Masters dissertation or project.
  • Essay and exam skills
  • Learning styles
  • Literature review
  • Selecting an appropriate methodology
  • Good research practice
  • Specific research methods
  • MSc dissertation and project



0 [0 ECTS credits]


This module aims to develop students’ knowledge of international management, by examining the role and techniques of accounting and financial management. This course demonstrates how corporate financial statements are prepared and equips students with the ability to analyse and interpret such reports. Students will also learn how investment appraisal techniques can be used to inform business decision-making.

  • Financial accounting concepts and the presentation of financial statements
  • Ratio analysis and financial decision-making
  • Short-term managerial decision-making
  • Managerial planning and control
  • Sources of finance
  • Capital investment decisions

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module defines and examines the technical language and practices of management accounting and considers its role within organisations and business for decision-making, planning, control and performance evaluation. In addition, students undertaking this course will have the opportunity to examine the theoretical and empirical evidence concerning the development and current practice of management accounting.

  • The role and nature of management accounting
  • Cost terms and concepts; full costing, including activity-based costing; standard costing and variance analysis
  • Cost­–volume–profit analysis
  • Decision-making using variable and marginal costing
  • Pricing decisions
  • Budgeting and management control
  • Performance measurement and management

20 [10 ECTS credits]


This module aims to provide a foundation in international corporate social responsibility. It draws on the key theories and literature regarding applied ethics and international firm responsibility as they relate to organisational and related management practices. It aims to develop the analytical and discussion skills required for understanding and decision-making, thus enabling international management to engage ethically and responsibly with shareholders and stakeholders.

  • International corporate social responsibility (CSR) – basic theory frameworks and critical current perspectives
  • CSR and globalisation
  • Responsibility and multinational enterprises (MNEs)
  • Normative and descriptive ethical theories – judging and acting ethically in international contexts                                 
  • Responsible corporate governance
  • Socially responsible investment (SRI)

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module is an introduction to the theory and application of ethics in relation to a range of ethically complex issues in international management and business. It provides a foundation in applied ethics that helps students discuss moral values and analyse ethical issues in business and management from different perspectives. Students will develop analytical skills relevant to sound and ethical decision-making in the context of international management.


  • Cultural, social and psychological foundations of ethics and morals
  • Main theories of normative and descriptive ethics
  • Applications of theories of ethics relevant to international business management and limitations
  • Critical overview of tools relevant to corporate codes of ethics
  • Ethical issues arising in international business and management with a focus on corruption, and business and politics; business and the environment; and business and communities

20 [10 ECTS credits]


This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to define and execute an independent piece of research in relation to international management on an approved topic of their choice.

In completing this self-directed project, students will develop research, problem-solving and time-management skills, as well as gaining insight into an international management issue of particular interest to themselves.

  • Introduction to the requirements of the project 
  • Project design and research approaches
  • Literature review
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Organising and presenting findings
  • Students will be allocated a supervisor and will have three face-to-face meetings of up to one hour each

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the main research skills necessary to undertake an original piece of research in management science at Masters level. Students will gain an understanding of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature review and original research that is required for a Masters dissertation.

  • The nature and practice of research
  • The literature review process and the composition of a literature review
  • The nature and role of methodology in management research
  • The role and application of theory in management research
  • Quantitative and qualitative data sources
  • Data analysis and writing up research findings 

40 [20 ECTS credits]

Optional Modules

In addition students must choose three optional modules to the value of 60 credits.  For students substituting MMM069 International Management Business Project with a Dissertation, two optional modules should be selected from the list below and the form on the following page must be completed.

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the key theories of leadership and an understanding of their practical application in different organisational contexts.

Theoretical approaches will be supplemented by empirical evidence on leadership, leadership in practice and the links with organisational performance. While, real-world examples of organisational leadership will be explored through the use of case studies.

  • Leadership as a relational and process phenomenon
  • Contingency theories and situational approaches
  • Transformational and inspirational approaches to leadership
  • Energising leadership
  • Team leadership, shared leadership and followership
  • Impactful leadership concepts and how they fit with organisations and contemporary expectations of people in organisations
  • Applications of leadership concepts in real-world contexts

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to foster a critical awareness of organisational design (OD) issues to enable informed decision-making in the workplace. The course will highlight contemporary thinking, which places greater emphasis on a more adaptive, emergent process of organising to suit complex changing circumstances within an international context. Theory and practice of contemporary organising are examined for their links with organisational performance.

  • The structural perspective: hierarchy and traditional design choices
  • The relational perspective: groups and teams
  • The relational perspective: networks and virtual organising
  • The information perspective: the role of information and ITC in OD
  • Designing across borders
  • Re-designing organisations: change and OD approaches
  • Re-designing and downsizing organisations
  • Designing the post-industrial organisation

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module concerns the entrepreneurial activity and the distinctive features of management in the SME environment, its complexity, the additional challenges and risks related to the small dimension, but also its advantages.

By the end of the module students are expected to be able to question theories and standard knowledge, often referring to large corporations, and apply this body of knowledge to SMEs.


The module consists of lectures and seminars. The seminars focus on the students’ groupwork on their Business Plans. Entrepreneurs and experts from the business world contribute to the module by sharing and discussing their experience.

  • Concept of entrepreneurship and the economic role of entrepreneurs
  • Business plan
  • The importance of SMEs
  • Networks and clusters
  • Sources of finance
  • Marketing
  • Innovation
  • Internationalisation

20 [10 ECTS credits]

 This module aims to provide a basic set of frameworks, concepts and theories from international trade, international business, and economic geography to analyse international environments and their impact on multinational firms. It addresses questions of contemporary capitalism, discusses global value chains, and conveys in-depth understanding of various business environments, such as the European Union and the rise of emerging markets.
  • Globalisation and the new competitive realities
  • Institutions, policies and national/regional competitiveness
  • Technological shifts and national innovation systems
  • Global value chains and production networks
  • Geopolitical economy and ‘varieties of capitalism’
  • The business environments of the European Union, North America, Japan and emerging markets (e.g. China)



20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module gives an overview of the principles of human resource management (HRM) and the evolution of the HR function. It provides a grounding in the key constructs and principles in HRM so that these may examined from a comparative perspective in MMM079 or from a critical perspective in MMM048 (Managing People and Organisations). It considers approaches to HR strategy, as well as key HR processes.

  • Principles, definitions and origins of HRM; approaches to HRM strategy; the HR value proposition
  • Principles and practice of resourcing, recruitment and selection
  • Linking principles of motivation to HR practices
  • Principles and practice of managing performance
  • Principles and practice of reward management
  • Principles of development
  • Ethics, work–life balance and principles of welfare

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the choices made by multinational organisations with regard to managing their employees across different countries by introducing key concepts, theories and contemporary practices.  It also aims to develop skills required to work in the international context through practical group work in multi-cultural teams.

  • Global challenges and international human resource management  (HRM) strategy
  • Global corporate culture in multinational enterprises (MNEs)
  • Global staffing and global talent management
  • Managing expatriation
  • Developing global leaders
  • Diffusion of HRM practices in MNEs
  • Managing global HR function in MNEs

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module concerns the interaction between corporations and their environment from an evolutionary perspective. It enables students to reflect critically on key topics in management and gain a long-term view. Themes are analysed through relevant business and economic theories and conceptual frameworks, as well as case studies. It aims to provide students with the ability to integrate theories and business practice in their coursework and exams.

  • Models of business organisation and their evolution
  • Marketing and markets
  • The institutionalisation of innovation
  • Open versus closed innovation systems
  • Financing the firm

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to define the ‘cultural industries’ and identify the key features of these sectors that explain their structure and functioning over time. It identifies the main challenges for organisations involved in the production or distribution of cultural products and services, and critically analyses the various ways in which organisations have responded to these challenges in different commercial and cultural contexts.

  • Protecting intellectual property rights
  • Creative individuals, teams and clusters
  • The perpetual search for innovation amid shifting logics
  • Managing uncertainty: a historical perspective
  • Strategic planning
  • Technological change
  • The role of networks

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to address a range of business and managerial issues in the energy sector for resource-rich countries. It will provide students with an insight into the way institutions and businesses in the energy sector operate in an international and global context. Students will also explore the economic impact of export-orientated sectors and the role commodities play in a country’s development.

  • Federalism and the energy sector
  • Development of energy resources and socio-economic development
  • Principles of sustainable development of energy resources
  • Petroleum revenue management
  • Types of agreements in the petroleum industry
  • Stages of an oil and gas venture
  • Sustainable development and economic growth in resource-rich countries

20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to explore emerging markets, including the opportunities and challenges that arise in these regions. Beyond macroeconomic indicators, it provides information about the management of firms within this context. The module offers insights on regional differences and the impact of global institutions and governmental regulations, as well as providing an understanding of the opportunities and (managerial) challenges of operating in emerging markets.

  • Global changes and emerging markets
  • Macroeconomic indicators in emerging markets
  • Regions: Asia, Africa, Latin America
  • Governments and institutions in emerging markets
  • Multinational enterprises operating in emerging markets
  • Multinational enterprises from emerging markets operating globally

20 [10 ECTS credits]

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Fees and funding

Home (UK/EU) Overseas (non EU) 
£12,500 £19,200
Please note that a non-refundable deposit is payable when confirming your acceptance of an offer of a place. This is part of your tuition fee and will be deducted from the total amount upon enrolment.

Alumni of the University of Reading who undertake their next level of study at Henley Business School will receive a tuition fee discount of £1000.

UK/European Union Postgraduate Loans

Loans of up to £10,000 are available to eligible students studying for postgraduate masters courses from the 2016-2017 Academic year. In general, students need to be domiciled in England.  EU students, and individuals falling within certain specified categories, may also be eligible.

You can apply for a loan through the UK Government website.  You can read more about the scheme on the Student Loans Company website or on these two UK Government sites: Introduction of loans for postgraduate students and Government response to the Consultation on Support for Postgraduate Study.


(UK applicants only)

Applicants who normally live in the UK (for a minimum of three years) can apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan to borrow between £300 and £10,000. This is a bank loan, with interest charged at a commercial fixed rate.

How to apply for a Career Development Loan

See Professional and Career Development Loans.

The University provides opportunities to students from a wide range of backgrounds, who have the desire and ability to succeed. There are a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer for postgraduate students. For further information see: Money matters, costs and budgets for postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A good first or second class UK honours degree, or overseas equivalent, will usually be required.  Applicants with relevant experience or professional qualifications will also be considered.

Prior knowledge or experience of your chosen subject area is not required. We welcome applications from recent university graduates from a wide range of disciplines.

See country and region-specific information and entry requirements for International applicants or please contact us with any questions.

Not quite at the required level of English language proficiency for your chosen programme?

Applicants to Henley Business School, whose first language is not English, will be required to attain the International English Language Test Scores (IELTS), or equivalent acceptable qualification accepted by the University, as defined below, to enter a programme.

However, for students who successfully complete one of the Pre-sessional English Language courses run by our International Study and Language Institute, a half-band credit will be applied to their English language condition. (For example - programmes requiring IELTS 7.0 will accept students with a result of 6.5 in the end of Pre-sessional English course assessment providing the student has completed the relevant English course with us).

Applications to the International Study and Language Institute

Henley Business School requires a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with no element below 6.0) to enter all programmes except Information Management. Information Management programmes require an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5).

Students completing the above mentioned pre-sessional courses would be allowed entry onto their chosen programme with an overall score of 6.5 for all programmes except Information Management, which will generally accept 6.0.

Equivalent English Language Qualifications will also be accepted. If you require specific advice on your qualification please contact our admissions office directly either by e-mail at or by telephone on +44 118 378 5289.

UK visa requirements

If you are not a national of the European Union (EU), it is likely that you will need to obtain a UK visa to live and study in the UK before you travel. See the UK Border Agency website. Contact the University's International Office with any questions:

2.1 degree, or equivalent, from an internationally recognised university; not necessarily in a related discipline.

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Careers and accreditations

This is a broad, generalist degree suitable for students interested in a variety of careers in international or global firms. It also suits those interested in working with or for international institutions or in government-related management roles with a focus on internationalisation, as well as students aiming to become managers or sustainability consultants or analysts with a rounded understanding of the global economy and stakeholders.

Our graduates tell us that the MSc International Management offers a stimulating learning community, providing the intellectual, behavioural and diverse skills required to build dynamic international careers.

The EU’s Climate-KIC drives innovation to address sustainability and climate change, through partnerships between private, public and academic sectors.

There is an option for students to achieve this label within this masters programme.  Students who successfully complete the MSc International Management, including the EU modules that constitute the core of the Climate-KIC Masters Label are eligible. These modules can be embedded within or taken alongside the MSc programme.

What our students say

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Our students and alumni are always keen to share their Henley experience, whether you are a prospective applicant or you've already applied for a place on a Masters programme at Henley Business School. For a unique insight into every aspect of life in the School and on campus, you can contact any of our students and alumni below, via email, Skype or social media.

When contacting one of our students for the first time, please introduce yourself and the Masters programme you have applied for before you outline any questions you might have.

Xin Zhong, China
MSc International Management, 2016

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Jonathan Kelterer, Germany
MSc International Management, 2016

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Marko Blaskovic, Croatia
MSc International Management , 2015

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Akua Asare-Berkoh, Ghana
MSc International Management , 2015

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Amina Ali, Pakistan
MSc International Management , 2015

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Christina de Nazare, Portugal/ Germany
MSc International Management , 2015


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Student profiles

Juliane Ehrlinspiel
MSc in International Management, 2012

I always wanted to do my Masters at one of the top universities in the world. My decision to choose the MSc in International Management at Henley Business School was driven by its established position in the FT Ranking, its triple accreditation and its access to London. I could not have made any better decision than choosing the Postgraduate Programme of Henley Business School because of the combination of highly qualified faculty, paired with an interesting and mind-challenging syllabus as well as the social experiences.

Throughout the Masters, the Professors used examples of how management theories and models can be applied in real life business settings, helping me to realise the relevance to the workplace. I have also been encouraged to use examples of real workplace situations within all assignments, which enabled me to directly apply my learning and knowledge into real-life situations.

Not only was this year academically challenging, the class included students from diverse cultural, educational and professional backgrounds making the whole experience very unique, enjoyable and challenging. This truly global aspect of learning taught me essential social awareness that is needed in today's fast changing and challenging economic environment.

The MSc in International Management is an academically intense course, which provides individuals with the necessary skills to enter the rather competitive market. It was the best year of my studies and the most challenging too. The experience in Reading has changed me professionally as well as personally by broadening my horizon and changing my entire approach to problem solving.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and I hope you will too!

Faith Jegede
MSc in International Management, 2012

Applying to Henley Business School was perhaps one of the best decisions of my career to date. Its reality exceeds its reputation and Henley is truly deserving to be coined as one of the top management schools in the UK. My year at Henley was challenging, intense, yet overall rewarding. The MSc in International Management not only served as a great introduction to the business and management worlds, but also allowed for me to gain in-depth insight into more complex concepts and theories. Coming from a political science background, this was particularly beneficial as the course allowed for those with non-management related undergraduate degrees to acquire the appropriate skills and knowledge for transition into management roles.

With its inspiring intellectual environment, stimulating content and highly qualified faculty, Henley Business School provides a world class educational opportunity for those looking to reach the next level in their career. The Masters degree is both "international" by name and "international" by nature, with each class boasting a full range of cultures. This truly broadened my outlook throughout the course and enhanced how I experienced the content.

Throughout the year, the level of support given by both the teaching and support staff was remarkable. Their words of encouragement alone made a huge difference to my learning, for which I am indeed grateful.

Thanks to my time at Henley Business School, I have been able to pursue my academic dream. This August, I will be starting my PhD in Communication at American University in Washington, DC.