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International Management and International Relations


Key facts

Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023



Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 24 months


Chartered Management Institute

  • Chartered Management Institute


On our unique International Management and International Relations MSc, you will:

  • develop your international management skills
  • study international relations 
  • study the current economic, political and social situation. 

Our course will increase your understanding of the global environment in which business, government and non-governmental organisation (NGO) sectors function.

You’ll gain practical experience by undertaking live research projects for an organisation. This enables you to put your knowledge of business management approaches and theories into practice.

Our student cohorts are international and our teaching staff come from a variety of academic and non-academic backgrounds. So you'll benefit from working with staff and peers with varied experiences and perspectives.  

This course is ideal if you are looking to:

  • work within a policy development role
  • to become a manager in the business, government or NGO sectors
  • or are seeking to study further.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.

Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

The MSc in International Management and International Relations attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference).

If you’re considering submitting an application for this course, but you have more than three years of relevant work experience, why not consider applying for our Oxford Brookes Global MBA (Master of Business Administration) course? Find out more about our MBA here.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking).
  • If you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Financial support and scholarships



For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. 

The destination varies from year to year, so it is not possible to give a precise cost. As an example, the fee for the Boston USA field trip in July 2019 was £1580 and included: accommodation for 7 nights in the Boston area, insurance, company visits (e.g. Facebook, Dunkin Brands, Trip Advisor, Microsoft, Bank of America), group transportation for all activities and some of the meals. This fee did not include international airfare, visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.

CMI Membership: If a student decides to become a student member of the CMI AND they successfully graduate with this MSc degree, they can get a CMI Level 7 (master's level) qualification as well. To become a student member of the CMI, students are required to pay a membership fee, which was £300 in 2021.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

This course is suitable for individuals:

  • from a variety of educational backgrounds
  • who may have no previous work experience
  • wanting to further their knowledge and understanding of business and management to support their career aspirations.

We have designed a flexible course for a wide range of interests in a variety of different subject areas/roles/sectors.

We link theory to practice through:

  • workshops and seminars
  • company visits
  • external speakers
  • assessment. 

You'll have varied opportunities for business/industry exposure such as:

  • company visits
  • field trips
  • guest lectures
  • student projects.

Our guest external speakers typically hold the position of managing director. We have recently welcomed speakers from Harley-Davidson, the RAF, the UN, Barclays Bank, and Taylor Wimpey.

Lecturer presenting to class

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Managing International Organisations

This examines a range of international organisations and their different purposes. Your studies will focus on multi-national companies, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the European Union and other similar organisations such as the UN. These institutions influence and relate to the operations of global businesses. You will look at the political, economic and social environments in which international organisations function and the challenges they face. Leading business executives and subject experts are invited in to speak to you.

International Relations in Theory and Practice

This module provides students with an advanced investigation into theoretical approaches in the discipline of International Relations, as well as an overview of contemporary debates. The module aims to establish a clear understanding of the role and purpose of theory and its relation to substantive issues in international relations.

Research Methods

This module will prepare you to undertake effective research drawing upon a range of secondary and primary data sources in preparation for your coursework. You will be introduced to a range of tools required for research including methodological issues, data collection techniques and study skills. This module prepares you for completing high quality, systematic business and management research.

Global Political Economy

This module examines the emerging global political economy through the vantage point of competing theoretical perspectives and the evolution of these perspectives, resulting from theoretical debates and the progressive encounter with empirical developments. Different theories reveal different aspects and dimensions of the global political economy and they will thus be used to present key historical developments and contemporary issues of the global political economic order.

Business Strategy

In this module you will be introduced to key ideas in business strategy and will develop an understanding and ability to evaluate key strategic decisions. You will consider the wider economic environment and explore why strategy is important. This will help you to understand how organisations make strategic decisions through the processes of analysis, choice, responsible and ethical management and leadership. You will examine how these decisions impact on the wider environment of the organisation and how strategy is implemented.

Corporate Social Responsibility

You will develop your understanding of approaches to solving problems when governing in the corporate sector. Your studies will consider current issues and consider the social implications of governance. You will also focus on the impact of globalisation on international management practices. You will be equipped with the knowledge to enhance management decisions involving ethical choices. Finally, you will consider your assumptions about the role of managers and organisations in a complex and challenging context through the exploration of contemporary issues in CSR. 

Leadership and Management

The module provides opportunities for developing in students a deep understanding of managing and leading. The module takes as its focus theoretical concepts and then investigates their practical application. The student is encouraged to have a command of theory and the development of theory but also to be able to utilise this theory to address the practical issues facing leaders and managers in contemporary, typically international, organisations.

Consultancy Project OR International Study Trip

You can choose between:

Consultancy Project: You will gain practical international project experience by working in a cross-cultural team on a real problem for a client organisation. You will develop problem solving and communication skills as well as the ability to work in cross-cultural teams. Your team will work virtually, face-to-face and with help from tutors.

International Study Trip: The purpose of this 10 credit optional Study Trip Module is to give you a hands-on, intensive experience with ideas and practices in international management and international relations through visiting multinational enterprises and international organisations during the international study trip. You meet with leaders of global firms and international organisations, receive presentations from global academic experts, and tour facilities. The programme includes presentations from local and international executives, managers and academics.

Optional modules

Critical Approaches to Terrorism

This module will examine how we think about and study terrorism. It will critically consider debates about how terrorism has assumed the significance it seems to possess, how we define and understand terrorism, as well as thinking about the nature of the threat that terrorism poses. The causes of terrorism and the gender politics of terrorism will also be assessed. The module will debate questions around whether states can be terrorists and reflect on the main ways in which states and others seek to counter terrorism. In each of these topics, the aim will be to take a critical approach, to try to think beyond mainstream and conventional answers to some of the issues listed above.

Capitalism: Crisis and World Order

This module looks at the changing nature of the global political economy from the origins of capitalism to the present day. It explores the hallmarks of key epochs in this period as well as specific issues related to these, including the nature of state power, changing labour relations, the role of finance and the evolution of the global trading system. It also explores contemporary issues such as the financial crisis and the future of global governance.

Dilemmas of International Ethics

This module surveys the main traditions and theories of international ethics and asks what guidance they may or may not provide in thinking through important ethical dilemmas in contemporary world politics. Ethical controversies in world politics examined in the module include: humanitarian intervention; global economic inequality; global environmental justice; nuclear proliferation and disarmament. With each controversy studied, students will be asked to think about what global responsibilities state and non-state actors have, if any, in connection with the issue. It is the aim of the module to explore the impact of ideas, norms and values in a diverse world and how normative thinking in relation to world politics impacts our day-to-day lives.

Global Civil Society

The module is grounded in debates that have emerged within International Relations since the end of the Cold War. The rise of transnational policy issues has illustrated the limitations of a state-centric approach towards IR. Concentrating on understanding 'globalisation from below', this module investigates what kind of a role civil society can play in global politics. Furthermore, as many social, political and economic changes have brought into question the nature of citizenship in contemporary world politics, the possibility of the emergence of post-national forms of citizenship is raised. The module introduces key conceptual and theoretical debates surrounding global civil society and global citizenship and through focusing on a number of more concrete illustrations and case studies, asks to what extent can global politics be transformed and democratised by global civil society actors.

Global Politics and the Environment

This module offers a critical, interdisciplinary investigation into the way in which the tensions brought about by the ecological crisis have been addressed globally, looking at institutional, conceptual, ideological, socio-cultural and political economic facets. It analyses our understanding of global environmental issues in relation to international political thought. It examines the role and efficacy of international regimes as management solutions to global environmental problems. It situates the global environmental crisis within wider structures of modernity bringing in political theoretical and global sociological perspectives. It further analyses the political economy of the environment, and examines the dynamics of global environmental governance and resistance.

International Development

Since the end of the Cold War one of the key dynamics in world politics, namely the gap between rich and poor, has come into sharper focus. This module examines both the theory and practice of the international politics of development. The first half of the module looks at key theoretical debates and how these have related to practice. Various contemporary issues in development are then explored to illustrate the theoretical debates. These will include the Third World Debt Crisis, fair trade, development assistance, sustainable development and the resource curse thesis.

Postcolonial Perspectives: Security, Violence and Resistance

This module sheds light on questions of security, violence and resistance from a postcolonial perspective. It explores how phenomena such as terrorism, migration, violent conflict and racism, as well as political responses to these phenomena, can only be understood in relation to past colonial contexts, including the inscription of racial identities and material exploitation that these contexts entailed. The module discusses how contemporary notions such as 'Islamic extremism', the 'oppressed Muslim woman' or the 'developing/Third world' are used to elevate Western societies to a status of cultural and political superiority. The module aims to provide space for an in-depth reading of some central texts of postcolonial theory, but even more so for exploring their relation to a variety of practical political and cultural sites around questions of security, violence and resistance.

Violence and Peacebuilding

This module investigates the occurrence of violence during peace processes. It asks why violence continues despite the ceasefire, how it affects peace processes, and what are the implications for its management? The first part of the module achieves a conceptualisation of violence, peace and peace processes, while the second part of the module examines the sources and manifestations of violence after war. Uniquely, this module gives students the opportunity to examine the relationships between different 'types' of violence and the existence of a 'culture of violence'. Examples will be taken from contemporary peace processes. In the end, students should be able to critically analyse the causes and manifestations of violence in the context of a peace process and be able to make recommendations for its management.

Final project

Compulsory modules


Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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Learning and teaching

Most of the teaching on this course takes the form of interactive workshops.

You will strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills with:

  • lectures
  • discussions
  • role-play exercises.
  • These are linked with selected case studies and assessments.

Structured group assignments allow you to develop your skills in working as part of a team.

Our teaching staff are engaged in academic research or come from an industry background with in-depth practical experience of business and management issues. This gives you a comprehensive and diverse learning experience.

You’ll take part in leading edge discussions and specialist events due to the input of visiting speakers from:

  • business
  • industry
  • consultancies
  • research bodies.

Field trips

The International Business in Practice Study Trip module allows you to experience ideas and practices of global business. During the trip you will have direct interaction with management executives and experts, go on site visits to major corporations and agencies. This study trip is voluntary and you will need to find all costs associated with the trip. We have also run study trips to Chenqdu, Kuala Lumpur and Budapest.

If you choose the study trip (which runs in July), we will give you all the details by March so that you can make your decisions ahead of the trip in July.

If you successfully complete this non-credit bearing module, it will be recorded on your transcript as P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.


Assessment methods used on this course

We use a range of assessment methods, including:

  • examinations
  • assignments 
  • individual or group reports
  • group presentations.

These methods allow you to develop the analytical and presentation skills that employers within different organisations look for.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Reflecting the uniqueness of the course, you will be well positioned to follow a career in international relations, policy development or a management career within international commercial, third sector and NGO organisations. The course helps you to develop expertise to launch into specialist careers in teaching, law and the media.

Our Staff

Tom Elsworth

With his 35 years of experience, Tom has worked for multi-million-pound companies, acting as Head of Employee Relations, Head of Public Relations as well as Directorships of SMEs. Tom shares his knowledge as a senior lecturer in the Business School.

Read more about Tom

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

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