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International Management (MSc)
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.
On completion of the programme you will be able to:
- Apply effective decision making to global business problems
- Identify, analyse and solve applied problems in individual – and team-based settings.
- Apply and analyse theories, concepts and frameworks used in different fields of business within an international context; such as finance, strategy, HR, marketing, innovation.
- Examine and evaluate the challenges of doing business across national boundaries from the perspective of an individual manager, a corporation and an economy.
- 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.
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.
1 year, full-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
60+ (also combined with other MSc [Management] programmes for particular modules
Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.
Mode of study
- Global Marketing
- International Corporate Finance
- International HRM
- Strategic Management
- International Management in Practice
- Business Research Skills
- 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)
Work internship option
Offered on a limited and competitive basis that could be taken in lieu of the Applied International Study Visit (Global Leadership Pathway) and International Management Report (both in the second semester, above) and the International Management in Practice module (in the first semester above). 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, but it is at the discretion of employers whether they shortlist and offer a position to applicants.
Why Choose This Course?
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.
- 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
Learn more about International Management from our Education in Ireland Student Ambassador Anish!
** Read his blog here**
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 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, but 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
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics MSc International Management Scholarship
Details of our merit Scholarships for the MSc in International Management commencing September 2021 will be published in Spring. For more information on the scholarship application process, please contact email@example.com.
Who’s Suited to This Course
This course is open to both business and non-business graduates.
International Study Tour—our 'Global Leadership Pathway' delivered by Toulouse Business School (triple-accredited), France
In the second semester students will have the opportunity to apply theory in practice and develop global leadership capabilities and skills. In doing so, students will participate on a one-week international study tour, which for 2019–2020 is in Toulouse Business School in France. Toulouse Business School is a triple accredited school and one of the top 10 business schools in France. While abroad, students attend classes on cross cultural management, global mindset, global leadership, assertiveness and confidence as well as company site visits (e.g. visiting large companies like Airbus as well as small export-led start-up companies). In seminars before, during and after the international study tour, students will develop skills for working in an international environment and an understanding of management and business in different international contexts. Location for this study tour is subject to change.
Related Student Organisations
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
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.
What Our Students Say
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.
Chinedu Raphael | 2018/19 Graduate, MSc (International Management)
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 | Supplier Implementation (EDI) Associate at Wayfair
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 | Graduate 2018-19, MSc (International Management)
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 | 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.
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 | 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.
Best College of Business Awards
Higher Education Awards 2019
Winner of Gradireland Postgraduate Course of the Year Business, Finance & Management 2019
Higher Education Awards 2018
Shortlisted for Postgraduate Course of The Year 2018