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MSc International Business Administration

Programme summary
Programme Director:Dr Damian Tobin
Duration:2–5 years
Fee:£10,080. For full information on fees and payment options, visit our Fees page.
Programme start:November / January / March / May / July

Programme description

International businesses have a growing need for senior personnel with high quality management skills and specialist regional knowledge. As the regions of Asia and of Africa take roles as leading and emerging economies in the world, this MSc International Business Administration responds to this need. Students will study the interplay between global and local factors that influence management decisions in business.

If you have any further questions about the overall programme content and its suitability for you, please email cefimsadmin@soas.ac.uk.

Modules and programme structure

This programme is made up of eight modules. You will study two core modules and six elective modules from the list below. If you wish to complete the Dissertation you must study Research Methods.

Core modules

International business modules

Regional focus modules


Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme, you will be well prepared for a senior position in corporations, banks, financial services companies, business consultancies, regulatory authorities and international organisations.

For more information on career prospects for graduates, please visit our Careers page.

Study schedule

The programme will takes a minimum of two calendar years to complete. Each of the modules lasts eight weeks. You are registered for a maximum of five years.

Entry requirements

Education and experience

You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in a social science discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.

Language requirements

For all of our modules you are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.

If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability. You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed any of the following within the past three years:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 or above, including a minimum of 7.0 on the written sub-test
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) with an overall score of 67 or above, including a minimum of 67 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening elements
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with an overall score of 185 or above, including a minimum of 185 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening sub-tests
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language with an overall score of 95 or above, including a minimum of 24 attained on the reading and writing skills sub-tests and a minimum of 25 attained on the speaking sub-test and 22 attained on the listening sub-test.

You are required to have internet access to participate in this programme.

What next?

To make an application, or to find out more about fees and our admissions procedure, please visit our Apply page.