Master of Science International Business

University of Birmingham

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Postgraduate/Masters, Single Major

Awarded by
Awarded by

Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 1 year

Campus location
Campus location

Clementi Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Pre-sessional English Course Part One & Two ( 17 Mar 2023 ) | Pre-sessional English Course Part Two ( 19 May 2023 )

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$31.104.00 to S$32,529.60

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Programme Outline

Awarded and developed by: Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK

Business today is global and no company can be confident of surviving unless it appreciates this fact and understands its implications.

For graduates wishing to develop a career in international business, a wide range of opportunities exist. Multinational corporations are very short of managers from countries other than their domestic base, who have the understanding to operate comfortably in different countries.

Small and medium-sized firms with strong niche positions are also increasingly looking for talented and well-trained staff to help them undertake international expansion. In major emerging economies such as Brazil, China and India, successful domestic firms are poised to become multinational through overseas expansion. They too welcome graduates with the appropriate knowledge with regard to conducting business internationally.

This programme draws on the talents of internationally respected scholars and highly respected teachers. Their expertise covers globalisation, the international aspects of strategic management, accounting and finance, corporate governance, e-commerce, international human resource management, innovation, marketing, organisation of multinational corporations, operations and procurement, cross cultural communication, etc.

The teaching staff also includes specialists with expertise on regional affairs.

  • During course of study, an annual career workshop will be conducted to prepare students in their job search.

Why a Master’s from University of Birmingham?

  • Degrees are of the same standings and standards as those awarded in the UK
  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business and management
  • Established international reputation of the University and the Business School
  • Research led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching
  • International syllabus with a focus on the issues of globalisation
  • Dedicated staff who provide continuous support for your studies
  • Join the alumni community of more than 300,000 graduates. From television and sport to research and government, the University has outstanding alumni across all sectors.


Learning Outcomes

You will:

  1. Appreciate the global nature of business
  2. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding in key areas of international business
  3. Apply theoretical knowledge, practical skills, tools and techniques in a written dissertation
  4. Develop specific transferable skills in research, data processing, critical analysis, problem solving, strategic decision making, interpersonal skills and more

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Armed with the knowledge and skill set relevant across the globe, graduates can further their career in MNCs, government bodies and institutions that have an international, cross-border footprint. While some will accelerate their careers with existing employers, others can create potential for change.

Major directions include jobs in:

  • Banking
  • Global Business analysis and development
  • Cross-border Management and strategy consulting
  • Global Corporate finance and investment
  • Global Human resource management
  • International Marketing

Graduates may further their studies in the PhD and doctoral programmes in universities around the world on programme completion.

Hear from our students
Davis Koh
Davis Koh

Armed with an international business degree from SIM-University of Birmingham, Davis Koh started out as a Management Trainee in a global education seminar company. In just under two years, he rose to become a Country Manager for the Singapore office. With his heart set on becoming an entrepreneur, Davis Koh took a giant leap of faith and co-founded a digital marketing agency, Wecofa, about four years after his first job.

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Why study at SIM x University of Birmingham

SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.
University of Birmingham (Birmingham) ranked 91st in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023).
Top 5 frequently targeted university among UK’s top employers for graduate employment (The Graduate Market in 2022, High Fliers Research).
Gold rating for outstanding teaching and learning in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017-2020).
Learn more about University of Birmingham

Intake Dates

Oct 2023 Intake


02 Oct 2023 to 30 Sep 2024 


Now till 01 Apr 2023 (direct entry, International applicants)
Now till 01 Apr 2023 (direct entry, local applicants)

Date & period is subject to change by the University.

The programme is designed to be completed in a year.

There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the programme within the candidature period.



  • Comprises 6 taught modules (120 credits) and a written dissertation (60 credits).
  • Fully taught by Birmingham academics from the UK home campus to ensure equivalent academic inputs to the Singapore programme.
  • Average teacher-participant ratio is 1:45
  • Exemptions: Nil
  • Minimum class size to commence: 25 students
    If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement with the refund of application fee.

Taught Modules

  • Delivered on a block teaching basis through classroom learning.
  • A 10-credit module is equivalent to one week of intensive weekday lectures. One to two modules are expected to be delivered monthly.
  • Class duration: Typically 6 hours per day on SIM campus with each lesson about 3 hours. Saturday classes may occasionally be scheduled if required.
  • Face-to-face Delivery: Generally held on SIM campus unless otherwise stated.


  • There will be workshops, consultation sessions and assigned supervisors to guide students on dissertation.

Assessment & Attendence

  • Attendance requirement – 100%
  • Typically, students will need to complete each module’s assessments and/or exams before progressing to the next module.
  • Assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.

Taught Modules

  • Taught modules are assessed either by written exams, coursework*, or a combination of both. They are normally scheduled one to two weeks after a module’s completion. Exams will be held on SIM campus unless otherwise stated.
  • Re-assessment will be advised by the University for students who did not fulfil the passing requirement of any taught modules.


  • Students will need to complete a 10,000 – 12,000 words dissertation for submission. The submission period is normally in August/September.

*Coursework can take a variety of forms including essays, practical assignments, presentations and reports etc. Some coursework may be group based.

Requirements to Graduate

  • Obtain a total of 180 credits to attain the Master of Science International Business awarded by the University of Birmingham.
  • A degree congregation presided by University of Birmingham is annually held in November on SIM campus. Alternatively, graduates may choose to attend the ceremony in July in the UK.
  • The awarded degree and degree certificate is the same as that awarded in the UK.


Year 2023 Modules

A 20-credit module is equivalent to 60 contact hours.

  • International Business (20 Credits)
  • International Strategy (20 Credits)
  • Practising and Managing International Business (20 Credits)
  • Governance and Global Responsibility (20 Credits)
  • International Business Data Analytics (20 Credits) 
  • Disruptive Innovation and International Business (20 Credits)
  • Dissertation (60 Credits)

Admission Criteria

All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the Programme Director. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the programme.

Accepted Entry Qualifications

Designed for bachelor’s degree holders who wish to understand business in the international context.

  • Bachelor’s degree (Upper 2nd Class Honours or equivalent).
  • All other qualifications will be assessed on individual merits.

English Language Requirements

  • A minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE ‘O’ Level; or
  • IELTS 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0); or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): with minimum score of 59 for each band; or
  • TOEFL iBT – 88 (where L=20, R=21, S=22, W=21).

Other Requirements

  • Two satisfactory references of which one must be academic-related; and
  • A letter of academic interest and your objectives in undertaking postgraduate study.

Pre-sessional English Course (if applicable)

Developed and awarded by SIM, Singapore.

Part Two and Three
Applicants with an English proficiency level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or equivalent are required to complete and pass a Pre-sessional English Course for entry into the Master’s programme.

Part Two and Three Structure

  • Duration & Intake: Full-time, 16 weeks commencing in May 2023
  • Admission Requirement: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • To attain Language Proficiency of: IELTS 7.0

Part Three Only
Applicants with an English proficiency level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 are required to complete and pass a Pre-sessional English Course (Part Three) for entry into the Master’s programme.
  • IELTS 6.5 overall or
  • TOEFLS iBT: a minimum of 88 (with no less than 20 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE-A): a minimum of 59 n all four skills or
  • Equivalent

Part Three Structure
  • Duration & Intake: Full-time, 8 weeks commencing in July 2023
  • Admission Requirement: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • To attain Language Proficiency of: IELTS 7.0

View module synopses
  • Mode of delivery: Face-to-face on-campus unless otherwise stated
  • Class duration: Typically 6 hours on weekdays. Some lessons may also take place on Saturdays if required.
  • Assessments: Continuous assessments include in-class tests, individual / group assignments, online quizzes etc. There are no re-assessments.
  • Average teacher-student ratio – 1:30
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 66 KB)
  • Minimum class size to commence – 25
    If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed at least 1 week before programme commencement with the refund of application fee.
  • Attendance requirement:
    • Local students – at least 75% rate
    • International students – at least 90% rate
A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successful passing of Part Two of the Preparatory Course. There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the course within the course duration.


Fees and Financial Aid

All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST and payable before course/term commencement (exclude textbooks). Valid for 2022 intake and assumes that students complete the programme in one year.

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques.

Programme Fees 

Pre-sessional English Course* (if applicable)

  • Part One & Two: S$4,922.00
  • Part Two: S$2,461.00

*Fees are inclusive of 8% GST and are payable in full before course commencement. Fees will be subject to revised GST of 9% on 1 Jan 2024. Fees do not include textbooks. 

Master’s Programme (Fees are valid for intake in 2023)*

Local Students

  • Per 20 credits: S$5,148.00
  • Total: S$31,104.00

International Students

  • Per 20 credits: S$5,421.60
  • Total: S$32,529.60

*Fees are inclusive of 8% GST and are payable in instalments based on the number of taught module credits undertaken in a term. Fees will be subject to revised GST of 9% on 1 Jan 2024. Fees are payable before term commencement and do not include textbooks. 

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University of Birmingham Scholarships of S$1,000 are currently available for masters' applicants achieving a 2.1 or above in their first degree.

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Mandatory One-time Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

International Student Induction Fee

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants: S$97.20

International applicants: S$486.00 (not inclusive of all fees related to Student’s Pass application)