Master of Arts (International Business)

Validated and Awarded by University of Wales

Locally Produced, International Perspectives

These days, most managers need to well verse in the workings of global marketplace. They need to navigate the tricky waters of staying ahead of the international competition, while trying to manage organisations in different cultural settings. The Master in International Business provides students with an in-depth training in a wide range of fields, including operations, marketing, accounting, finance and strategic management.

Students in this programme will obtain valuable knowledge that can be applied in the management of international business or consulting for international companies.

Entry Requirement

Gaining admission to the programme is competitive! In addition to the requirements below, the admissions team considers academic credentials, team skills and communications skills as some of the important criteria.

  • Any undergraduate degree from a recognised university.
  • At least two years of managerial level work experience.
  • Evidence of English proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English and who have not undertaken tertiary education in English. The minimum language requirements are:
    • An International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score of 6.5 (with an individual writing score of at least 6.0), or 
    • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of at least 5.0 (or TOEFL Internet-based Test with a minimum score of 79, or
    • A Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) score at the C1 level.
  • A statement of motivation for success through a 500-word essay.
  • Two references, including at least one from a referee should be familiar with the applicant's academic record.
  • Candidates without degree level qualifications may be eligible for entry where they can demonstrate a minimum of five years senior level managerial experience.
  • Applicants with existing postgraduate management qualifications may be eligible for entry with advanced standing, up to a maximum of 30 credit points.

If you meet our academic and professional criteria, we encourage you to apply. We also encourage applicants from all types of backgrounds to apply, including those who might not have traditional business experience.


The programme consists of nine modules that can be completed in two years. Under permitted circumstances, students can be permitted to complete the programme in four years.


Online, on time 24/7.

All modules are delivered online through our Collaborative Learning Space (CLS). Much of the online interaction will be largely asynchronous through discussion boards (given that some students may be studying in different time zones. 

Every module in the programme comprises of six units, and you will spend at least two weeks studying each unit. Every unit consists of readings and resources such as articles, e-books, video clips, podcasts, data sets, slide decks, animations and images. This will help you to complete the assessment activities with ease and confidence.

Course Structure

Study Schedule

Week 1 - 2
  • Pre-readings for two modules online in the Collaborative Learning Space (CLS)
  • Review of course notes
Week 2 -12
  • Classes start with webinars, collaborative meetings/discussions
  • Participation in online discussion boards
  • Preparation and online submission of case study analyses  
Week 13
  •  Open Book, Open Web Exam (OBOW)
Week 14 - 15
  •  Term Break, followed by release of exam results
Week 16
  •  Complete enrolment into the next 2 modules and prepare to start class


Every module will offer assessments (individual contributions to discussion blogs and group presentations) that are designed to help integrate knowledge, concepts and skills that the students are expected to have acquired in the programme. The discussion blogs and presentations will each contribute to 30% of the overall marks for every module. In addition, students will receive feedback from the Faculty on their performance as well.

The Open Book, Open Web (OBOW) written exam serves as a final litmus test to assess student’s learning. This type of assessment, which contributes to 40% of the overall marks for every module, will require students to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills within a business context. 


Candidates in the MIB programme have to accumulate 180 credit points to be eligible for the MIB award by the University of Wales.

Students who do not achieve the required standards, but achieved 120 or 60 credit points can exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma (International Business) and Postgraduate Certificate (International Business), respectively. 

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