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International Business Administration


MSc International Business Administration responds to the need of international businesses need for senior personnel with high quality management skills and specialist regional knowledge.

Students will study the interplay between global and local factors that influence management decisions in business.

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This MSc International Business Administration allows students to study the interplay between global and local factors that influence management decision.

Studying this degree, you will:

  • develop and fine-tune your international business skills in order to understand and respond to global business development opportunities
  • study the interplay between the global and local factors that influence management decisions in business

Course details

MSc: Study six modules (two core plus four electives)

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The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) using the study materials provided and support from a dedicated CeFiMS tutor.

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics at SOAS. These include a core subject guide for each course; a study calendar; and further textbooks and collections of key readings.

Online support

When you register, you gain access to your Student Portal. You can then access your universiy email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and activities.     
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Time commitment

Most students take three years to complete the MSc, but this can vary according to need.

The study calendar consists of five sessions per year. Each session is devoted to a specific module and lasts eight weeks (with the exception of the first session which runs for 10 weeks). During each session you should expect to study between 15-20 hours per week.


Each module is assessed by a three-hour unseen written exam (70% of the module mark), and two assignments of 2,500 words (30% of the mark). The dissertation is assessed by a thesis of 10,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices).

Exams take place once a year in September/October. You have two attempts to pass an exam, after which your registration will cease.

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

You will need either a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. finance, economics) from an institution acceptable to the University or relevant education and work experience that comprises suitable training for the programme.

English Language requirements

If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the iELTS test, or 7.0 in both reading and writing.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. Certain courses may have additional requirements, such as software to manage spreadsheets and run macros.

See more about computer requirements.

If you are studying the econometrics modules, the E-Views software requires Windows XP (or later) or Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (or later).

The fees below apply if you begin during the 2018-2019 session. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Academic year


Module fee

£ 1,260

Total MSc

£ 10,080

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Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams, and any customs duties/taxes on educational materials (e.g. USB/CDs).

Method of payment

Please contact CeFiMS:

As a graduate of this programme you will acquire the foundation for senior positions in modern corporations, banks, financial service companies, business consultancies and international organisations.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

The programme is developed by academics at the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS), a postgraduate research and teaching department within SOAS, University of London.

The academics at CeFiMS have international reputations and are involved in researching their subjects at the very limits of current knowledge. Over 80 academics act as online tutors. There is also a dedicated team of student advisers.

Programme Director

Dr Damian Tobin is Lecturer in Chinese Business and Management at the SOAS China Institute and Programme Director for International Management (China) at the Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS). Research interests include Hong Kong's financial system, especially Chinese banks and their management. Renminbi internationalisation, bank reform and monetary policy in China Economic modernisation, the State and living standards in China and Management reforms, especially in the oil sector.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Can I get sponsored?

If you're employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fee if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.

How can I get sponsored by my employer?