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Professional Doctorate in International Management (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

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Course Description

Our accredited Management MSc programme will prepare you for a wide range of careers in management. Our International Management MSc is designed to develop your knowledge in global and multi-cultural management. 

This specialism also includes an extended period of international study at one of our international partner institutions in Europe or the USA. You also have the option of enhancing your existing language skills by studying in French, German or Italian through our European partners.

Case studies, live client projects, company visits and the option of paid work experience help prepare you for management by putting the latest academic thinking and business strategies into practice. You will learn about the major functions of management and their integration.

This course is part of our Management MSc programme. All students complete the same core modules covering the major functions of management until the end of term two, at which point you will be able to tailor the course to your individual strengths and career aspirations through option modules, the option of an additional semester to study abroad, a specialism in one of five areas or a continuation of a more generalist route with our Management MSc

Course structure

An innovative alternative to an MBA, this one-year, full-time course is designed for graduates of any subject with or without work experience. Case studies, live client projects, company visits and the option of paid work experience help prepare you for management by putting the latest academic thinking and business strategies into practice.

Teaching takes place over three terms, form late September to early June, with breaks after assessments in mid-December to early January and late March to mid-April.

Class attendance averages 14 to 18 hours a week, plus time for group work and independent study, with variations as you progress through the course. There are some special intensive workshops on topics such as leadership, management and research, and a one-week tutor-led international study visit to companies in another European country.

Your final project will take place over the summer after teaching finishes. Your optional work-experience based final project may continue for up to one-year past the end of teaching.


Core management modules will give you practical knowledge in each key management subject. From term 3 you will be able to tailor your course through a choice of specialisms and option modules. The five specialisms currently offered are Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Innovation, Public Service Management and International Management. 

Core Modules (Terms 1 and 2)

  • International Management and Leadership
  • Marketing Management in an International Context
  • Managing Organisational Behaviour
  • Management Strategy Environment
  • International Management Integration (International Study Visit)
  • Business Process and Information Systems
  • International Strategy Management
  • Accounting for Managers 

Mandatory specialism module (Term 3)

  • International Studies

Option modules (choice of one) 

Choose from over 20 options including:

  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Planning
  • Managing Technological and Organisational Innovation
  • Public Service Management
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Cross-Cultural Negotiations
  • E-Business
  • Retail Marketing
  • Gamification for Business
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management 

Completion of your final project takes place throughout the summer after teaching finishes. During the second autumn term, you will complete modules at your host institution and also have an international project report assessed by the University of Brighton. You submit your project in October or November and receive your MSc award in January.

International study visit

International management and leadership are at the heart of this course. You will work in small, multinational teams to develop international capabilities and build your global network.

Your tutor-led study visit to a European partner organisation will give you an international perspective to your study. Previous students have visited and heard from leaders at Xerox, Mercedes Benz, Carrefour and the European Parliament.

Careers and employability

his course will help you to work more effectively as a manager and pursue opportunities in training, recruitment and other areas of HR. It will also prove valuable if you are interested in pursuing work as a business negotiator, consultant, commercial interpreter, lecturer or researcher.

If you want to pursue a career in academia, the research skills training and experience you acquire on the course may be used to develop a proposal for a subsequent research degree or for published papers.

The school also has an industrial placements office that can offer you help in seeking work experience. Those who succeed in obtaining a work placement or internship may undertake a work placement report as the basis of their final project.

Visit the International Management (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

(Student Profile)

David Wong

351.jpg I decided to do my Masters at the University of Brighton based on recommendations from students who have completed their education at Brighton Business School. Brighton is a cosmopolitan coastal city that offers the perfect work-life balance for students and young professionals who want to make the most of their tertiary education experience. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the course and decided to stay on to pursue a PhD. The course was very well designed. Striking a balance between the theoretical and practical elements of management is a delicate task and the course achieved that with carefully structured modules and by incorporating taught elements based on real businesses.

My favourite aspects of the course were the diverse demographics of the students, the group work and presentations which simulate the real-life business environment; the opportunity to work as part of a group with such a diverse coalition of students was a humbling and invaluable experience and the study visit and placement option with other international business schools provide the students with an additional perspective on postgraduate management education.

Upon completion of the course, I stayed on to pursue a PhD whilst working as a self employed Broadcast Media Consultant and Contractor. Brighton Business School provided me with high quality teaching and helped me to establish a strong foundation for both my PhD and professional life.

(Student Profile)

Pavel Sirotin

“After completing the course I landed a job in a European company because I had included some studies in Italy with my Brighton degree. One of my first tasks in the company was to prepare a report using techniques I learned on the course, so I was able to do a good job. As a result I was promoted and now have more responsibility.”

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Entry Requirements

Normally a good bachelor degree or equivalent is required. A degree in any subject will be considered. Work experience is useful but not essential.

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