Course Overview

The award-winning MSc in International Management provides students with in-depth knowledge and expertise in the principles and application of international business and management. Philosophically, the programme aspires to develop the student’s ‘global mindset’ by developing cultural awareness, sensitivity and curiosity around global industrial systems, international business models, geopolitics, global finance and worldwide societal norms and changes.

“By learning and applying best practices in international management as well as gaining exposure to international managers and organisations through our extensive industry linkages, the programme allows you to pursue multiple career paths in business and strengthen your professional potential” 

Dr Majella Giblin, Programme Director, MSc International Management, NUI Galway‌‌

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Intel Prize for MSc (International Management)

This prize shall be awarded annually. The prize will be awarded to the student who receives the highest overall aggregate mark in the examinations for MSc International Management programme. In the event of a tie, the prize will be divided equally.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr. Josephine Igoe
  • Dr. Denise Holland
  • Ms. Orlagh Reynolds
  • Dr. Ashley Piggins
  • Dr. Majella Giblin
  • Ms. Maureen Maloney
  • Mr. Michael Moroney
  • Dr. Rachel Hilliard
  • Dr. Natasha Evers
  • Dr. Emer Mulligan

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two exams: April/May. A range of assessment methods are employed throughout the programme. These include projects, reports, presentations, case studies, business simulations and field trips.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MSc in International Management will normally hold, or expect to hold before the programme commences, an undergraduate degree, usually a Grade 1 or a H2.1 that can be in any discipline. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting



Course code


Course Outline

Semester 1
  • International Management
  • Global Marketing
  • International Corporate Finance
  • Innovation Management
  • International HRM
  • Strategic Management

 Semester 2

  • International Entrepreneurship,
  • Business Research Skills,
  • Business & People Analytics,
  • International Management in Practice (includes study tour abroad, company case projects and work-ready skills development),
  • International Management Report (Research Project)
NEW Work Internship option

Limited places available based on student performance. We will secure internship opportunities, but it is at the discretion of employers of whether they shortlist and offer a position to applicants. In case a student cannot secure an internship, an international management report must be completed.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The demand for employees with a background in International Management continues to grow as organisations become ever more globalised and as multinational corporations (MNCs) continue to expand their overseas operations. NUI Galway’s MSc in International Management is nationally recognised for its excellence. It was the overall winner of the national postgraduate course of the year (Business) 2013 award. The degree will give you a strong competitive advantage in the global jobs market.  

Our students have gone on to pursue careers in a wide range of fields including management consultancy, graduate training programmes, retail management, human resource management, general management roles in multinational companies, policy development, and research and academia. Employers of previous graduates of the programme include KBC Bank, PWC, Zurich
Insurances, Polish Embassy, Storm Technology.

NEW Work Internship option

Limited places available based on student performance. We will secure internship opportunities, but it is at the discretion of employers of whether they shortlist and offer a position to applicants. In case a student cannot secure an internship, an international management report must be completed.

Industry Linkages

· Collaboration with high performing multinationals: Intel Award for Highest Academically Performing International Management Student

· Guest Speakers from small to large organisations including Boston Scientific, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging, Intel, Workday, Aerogen, Global Training Specialists

· Presentations from KPMG as well as entrepreneurial start-ups based in Hong Kong

Student Blog

Learn more about International Management from our Education in Ireland Student Ambassador Anish!

** Read his blog here**

Intel Award for MSc in International Management – Highest academically performing students, NUI Galway
NUI Galway student Clare Silke scooped the Intel Award valued at €1,000 for highest academically performing student on the MSc International Management programme for 2016/17, in the Discipline of Management at NUI Galway. NUI Galway’s formal celebration of University Scholarships, prizes and gold medals recently took place in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Macléinn. The celebration consisted of an address by the President of NUI Galway followed by a presentation of an award by the President to each winner and a reception in Áras na Mac Léinn afterwards.
Intel Award
Left to right - Dr Majella Giblin, Professor John McHale, President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Clare Silke, Paul Skully (Vice President HR, Director of EMEA, Intel), Dr Denise Holland, Dr Tom Acton

Who’s Suited to This Course

This course is open to both Business and Non-Business Graduates. 

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

The MSc International Management class (2016), with Peter Ryan (Consul General to Hong Kong) and Dr Josephine Igoe (MSc International Management Programme Director) pictured outside St Paul's ruins and the first university in China (UNESCO world heritage site) on their recent study trip to Hong Kong.

The trip, led by Dr Josephine Igoe (Discipline of Management) and accompanied by Dr Ann Torres (Vice Dean of Internationalisation, College of Business, Public Policy & Law) and Dr Denise Holland (Discipline of Management), simulates an international business trip whereby the students investigate and diagnose ‘live’ international business and management issues and collect and analyse relevant research data in a cross-cultural and global business environment.  Some of the highlights included a visit to Hong Kong Baptist University’s International Institute for Business Development, volunteering and working alongside investors and speakers at the RISE Web Summit, customised seminars delivered by Irish expatriates and local experts from: Independent Commission Against Corruption in Hong Kong, International Business Relations in Asia, Enterprise Ireland, Irish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and Young Irish Professionals in Hong Kong. The ten-day trip concluded with an NUI Galway Alumni Event at the Irish Consulate General premises with guest speaker, past alumnus of NUI Galway BComm programme, Domhnal Slattery (Avolon).



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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€9,000 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€8,776 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€16,400 p.a. 2019/20

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Note to Non EU students: Learn about the 24 month Stayback Visa here

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What Our Students Say


Anish Umarjikar |   Current Student

Quality education, cultural diversity, and global presence are the reasons why I chose NUI Galway. I haven’t been happier in my educational life!

Claire Garrity |   MSc (International Management)

Choosing this course was a no-brainer, as the MSc in International Management was voted best business postgraduate course in Ireland in 2013. I would definitely recommend this Conversion Course. Coming from a Science background I was worried about being out of my depth, however I found the material really easy to understand (if you put your mind to it!). The lecturers are very approachable and I really felt like I got a good grasp on the material. Our international trip was another enticing factor, however even without this element I would still highly recommend this course to anyone considering furthering their business studies, or who wants to jump into the deep end and immerse themselves in international management.

Louise O'Sullivan |   Security Services Manager, HEAnet CLG

I graduated in 2010 from my degree in Business Information Systems and continued on to complete my master’s in International Management in 2011. I chose NUI Galway as it is a very welcoming campus and the size of both courses at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics meant each day you got to interact with both lecturers and the students in the class. I really enjoyed the work placement within BIS in my third year, not only did it show me how I can use what I had learned within the course, it thought me about communication skills, how to deal with work colleagues and how the course I chose was the right fit for me. Since graduating I have worked in a number of companies. These included working as an IT Auditor at Deloitte, RSA Ireland and Irish Life and Security Risk and compliance consultant at PwC and AON Ireland. I am now a Security Services Manager at HEAnet. This role includes managing two teams and delivering key services to our clients including completing risk assessments and presenting security training to our clients."

Sheila Kearney |   Opportunity Development Representative, Qualtrics (Dublin)

The MSc in International Management programme was an ideal choice for me in pursuing a global career. The practical elements of the course gave me genuine exposure to the international business environment, and proved fundamental in securing employment with a US technology company in the early phases of its international expansion. The guidance provided by the faculty is superb and the small class sizes facilitate interaction and a great class dynamic.

Oisin Molloy |   Student Recruitment & Marketing Officer, EY

Coming from a non-business background, I wanted to find a reputable course that facilitated for the transition into the business sphere by encompassing as many areas of international business as possible. The M.Sc. in International Management more than catered for this need, boasting a prospectus of modules covering the entire breadth of international business; from macro-economics and international corporate finance to international marketing, human resources and innovation management. The M.Sc. in International Management gave me an excellent foundation in both the theory and practicalities of modern, global business and ensured a successful career conversion in the space of twelve, short months

Darryl Durham |   Operations Supervisor at DHL USA

The programme at NUI Galway provided me with a global perspective of culture from the business standpoint of international affairs. The MSc International Management Program at NUI Galway provided me with the foundation to build a successful path to where I am today. It not only prepared me for the workforce, but also prepared me with the hands-on experience I needed to progress in my career. I am proudly an essential part of a Fortune-500, multi-dimensional, international company, and I give credit to my time and experiences in Ireland and NUI Galway

Janvi Shah |   Citibank

Before actually stepping on to the humongous corporate world, my course exposed me to the best blend of different cultures and international management dynamics within the classroom arena. The international study trip to Hong Kong as part of the course was enriching to gain wider international exposure in tandem with the Irish corporate world. I would highly recommend Ireland since most of the companies have their European headquarters located here. It has excellent quality of education, it is an English speaking nation with friendly people all around.

Akriti Sharma |   Business Analyst at TradeIX

The MSc (International Management) has helped me set a clear direction for my career and attain a role in a leading tech organization (TradeIX) as a Business Analyst.

Best College of Business 2019

Best College of Business 2019

Work Internships Now Available


Higher Education Awards 2019

Postgraduate course of the year

Winner of Gradireland Postgraduate Course of the Year Business, Finance & Management 2019

Higher Education Awards 2013

National Postgraduate Course of the Year (Business) Award 2013


Higher Education Awards 2018

Grad Ireland Higher Education Awards 2018

Shortlisted for Postgraduate Course of The Year 2018


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