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. 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. The Programme covers the various functional areas of management (e.g. global marketing, international business, international HR, International finance, International entrepreneurship) and allows students to discover the areas they would like to pursue a career in after their postgraduate degree.

Key Descriptor

On completion of the programme you will be able to:

  1. Apply effective decision making to global business problems
  2. Identify, analyse and solve applied problems in individual – and team-based settings.
  3. Apply and analyse theories, concepts and frameworks used in different fields of business within an international context; such as finance, strategy, HR, marketing, innovation. 
  4. Examine and evaluate the challenges of doing business across national boundaries from the perspective of an individual manager, a corporation and an economy. 
  5. Evaluate and apply tools, techniques or different methodological approaches to investigate pertinent questions, scenarios or cases in an international management context.

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

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two is by continuous assessment only. 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 an undergraduate honours degree (NFQ Level 8, or equivalent), usually a H1 or 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 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

60+ (also combined with other MSc [Management] programmes for particular modules

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Course code


Course Outline

Semester 1
  • Global Marketing
  • International Corporate Finance
  • International HRM
  • Strategic Management
  • International Management in Practice
  • Business Research Skills

Semester 2

  • International Management
  • International Entrepreneurship,
  • Business & People Analytics or Business and Society
  • Applied International Management Study Visit (a one-week international study tour, called the ‘Global Leadership Pathway’, which is currently delivered by triple-accredited and top 10 business school in France—Toulouse Business School, and including on-site company visits and work-ready skills development).
  • International Management Report (Research Project)

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) in both 2013 & 2019. 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.

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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, Sneider Electric, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging, Intel, Google, Aerogen, Global Training Specialists.
Student blog

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

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Work Internship Option

Offered on a limited and competitive basis that could be taken in lieu of the International Management in Practice (Global Leadership Pathway) and International Management Report (in the second semester - above).  The internships are typically suited to students with limited or no professional experience. Students will be selected and offered a place on the internship module based on academic record upon entering the MSc IM programme compared with the rest of the students on the MSc IM Programme for that academic year. Typically, your overall result from your undergraduate degree is used as your academic record. Your IELTS (or equivalent) score, where relevant, is also taken into consideration in the selection process of being offered a place on the internship module. For example, students with a first-class honours undergraduate degree and IELTS score of 7 or more overall (or equivalent) (where relevant), are more likely to be offered entry into the internship module. You may also be asked for interview to ascertain suitability of entering into the internship module.  If you are taking the internship module, we will secure internship opportunities, however it is at the discretion of employers whether they shortlist and offer a position to applicants. 

Intel Award for MSc in International Management – Highest academically performing students, NUI Galway

Lukas Intel Winner

NUI Galway Lukas Behning scooped the Intel Award valued at €1,000 for highest academically performing student on the MSc International Management programme for 2019/20, in the Discipline of Management at NUI Galway.

Who’s Suited to This Course

This course is open to both business and non-business graduates. 

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

International Study Tour — The challenges of International Supply Chain Management delivered by Toulouse Business School (triple-accredited), France

In the second semester students have the opportunity to apply theory in practice through an international study trip. This year, due to COVID travel restrictions, students will remotely take a 10 etcs module with Toulouse Business School France. The module will address international supply chain management in the aerospace sector and includes interactive sessions on cross culture negotiation from a French perspective. Toulouse Business School is a triple accredited school and one of the top 10 business schools in France. Location for this study tour is subject to change.



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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€10,110 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€9,970 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€18,240 p.a. 2022/23

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €3,500 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 €140.

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What Our Students Say


Ruthradevi Karunanithi |   2020-21 Scholar: System Analyst at Fidelity Investments

With my 6 years of experience in the field of IT, I was aspiring to become a part of management which intrigued me to pursue Masters in International Management. All my internet researches landed me onto Ireland as the best place to do Masters. I chose NUIG for International Management as it is the award-winning program and it has almost all the functional areas of management. Not only with the course, there are many extracurricular activities, personality and career development skills made available by the university. There are professors who are there for you to guide you through and they are easily approachable and extremely helpful when proceeding further with the career growth.

Akriti Sharma |   System Analyst at Fidelity Investments

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.

Chinedu Raphael |   Customer Support Analyst at TELUS International Ireland

I liked how the course allowed me to gain a good understanding of international management and global business from a practical point of view. The international Business simulation trip gave me first-hand practical experience on how to do business and was a very important part of the whole course.

Anish Umarjikar |   Integration Specialist - Projects at ALDI SÜD

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

Patricia A. Akudjedu |   Finance Assistant Manager at Commission Apostolic Trust Ltd

My time as an International student studying outside of my home country (Ghana) for the first time, has been a period of intellectual, professional and socio-cultural transformation. Not only did the MSc. International Management programme help me gain analytical research skills and in-depth knowledge and expertise in the principles and application of business and management models from a global perspective but more importantly, it helped me experience new cultures. Being part of culturally diverse groups helped me gain cross-cultural and inter-cultural skills.

Claire Garrity |   Talent Acquistion- Culture Lead - Max Kelsen

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.

Deborah Mireles |   PHD Fellow in International Management at NUI Galway

In 2016, I completed a master’s degree in International Management. This course was a perfect balance between theory and practice and allowed me to deeply immerse myself in the international business world. Moreover, I learnt how to work in a culturally diverse environment as there were around seven different nationalities in our class. Not only did I gain valuable knowledge for my future career, but I was left with friendships that I will treasure forever.

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 |   Senior Consultant | People Consulting | 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 |   Site Contracts Lead Negotiator II at Syneos Health

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 |   Product / MarketPlace Development & Delivery at Citi

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.

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