UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.
Alternative entry requirements
Applicants with a first degree below the typical offer may be required to provide a good GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score. The normal range requested is 550 – 600 depending on your degree result and experience. Further information about GMAT.
English language requirements
IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 6 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 100 overall with 24 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.
Additional candidate requirements:
You will have three or more years full-time work experience, which includes evidence of responsibility for supervising or managing other people as a line manager or project lead.
You will be expected to present confidently in class and work effectively with other students, undertaking a variety of pressurised group challenges.
You will want to deepen your knowledge of management, harness your soft skills and participate in out-of-class activities such as AMBA, alumni, voluntary or social events.
Classes run from 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday and it is strongly recommended that you do not look to undertake paid employment during the MBA programme.
Fees for the MBA International Management starting in September 2012 are £18,000 (UK/EU and outside the EU)
It is important to work out how you are going to fund your MBA early in your decision-making process. You will need make sure you can cover the cost of fees, textbooks and accommodation along with other incidental costs.
Royal Holloway has a number of scholarships available for postgraduate students, including International Excellence and Masters Trust Scholarships.
UK students can also apply for a Career Development Loan from the government. More information about funding your study as a UK student can be found on the Graduate Prospects website: funding my further study.
International and EU students may want to investigate other possibilities, such as scholarships or smaller agencies. Information about funding your study as an international student can be found on the Graduate Prospects website: how do you pay.
Information on some of the scholarships and bursaries available to postgraduate students can be found here: sources of funding for postgraduate study .
You can view this information in our Course Finder, which also details entry requirements
Core Course Units
International Business Economics: You will develop an understanding of economics analysis and reasoning relevant to a business context. Through learning about the theory of the firm and markets, you will display an appreciation of the economic underpinnings of business strategy.
International Information Systems: You will explore strategic issues in international information systems and ways in which organisations might strengthen their competitive position through the use of well-designed and well-managed information systems.
International Operations Management: You will learn to explain the importance of operations management to the success of an internationally operating organisation, identifying challenges posed for the management of an organisation's operations and potential challenges created by changes in the business environment.
International Business Strategy: You will learn to evaluate the internal core competencies of a firm; formulate strategy for a firm; understand the nature of corporate strategy; and, in addition, understand the nature of international strategy.
Leadership & Behaviour in Organisations: You will gain an understanding of relationships between leadership, management and administration. Furthermore, you will also learn about the management of diversity and difference
International Human Resource Management: You will get a detailed understanding of the key analytical concepts and models in international human resource management. You will acquire an understanding of the implications of changes in the global organisation of firms and the international workforce for human resource management policy choices
International Marketing: You will acquire an understanding of the historical development of managerial marketing thought – from its roots in classical economics in the USA to the normative tradition promoted by academics/consultants including Drucker, Levitt and Kotler in journals such as the HBR.
International Accounting & Finance: You will discuss the role of accounting information in external and internal decision making, as well as becoming familiar with different regional and national influences on financial reporting requirements and expectations.
Business Research Methods: You will learn to understand and apply the basic principles underlying ‘good’ business research methodologies, to devise and critically assess research designs and explain, produce, and display descriptive statistics from various data sets.
Philosophy of Management: You will evaluate the factors that need to be considered in analysing a firm’s management philosophy. You will also describe how philosophy is relevant to, and impacts upon, the management, organisation and operation of a business.
Personal Development Portfolio and Business Consultancy Project:
This unit will focus on combining your theoretical knowledge and previous business experience to deal with high level business issues currently facing the corporate world. This course will also cover the analytical skills you will require for the Business Consultancy project which is the culmination of the taught elements of our MBA programme.
Elective course units
You will study four elective course units. In the past the following have been offered:
View the full course specification for International Management (MBA) in the Programme Specification Repository.
Advertising & Promotional Communication
International Cooperative Strategy
Management of Japanese Multinationals
Multinational Enterprise & Global Economy
International Investment Management
International Corporate Finance
International Business Analysis
International Business Law
Global Financial Markets
International Sustainability Management
International Public Sector Management
On completion of the course graduates will have:
cognitive skills of critical thinking, synthesis, and other forms of qualitative analysis
effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities
numeric and quantitative skills, including data analysis, interpretation and extrapolation
developed effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, individual initiative and enterprise self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures and business and management issues
interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion, presentation and team-work
Career planning and development forms an integral part of the Royal Holloway MBA. The Personal Development Programme is an important feature of the course: it is fully integrated into the core MBA curriculum and runs throughout the entire academic year, ensuring that students have continual access to individual careers coaching, up-to-date job market information, corporate speaker sessions and skills workshops. These services are provided by the School of Management in collaboration with The Careers Group, University of London – one of the biggest careers services in Europe: www.careers.lon.ac.uk
Royal Holloway also runs numerous careers fairs, employer and alumni events, as well as an International Students Careers programme, all of which will improve your understanding of the UK and international job market and bring you into contact with employers.
Dedicated MBA Careers Advisor
The MBA Careers Advisor supports students studying the Personal Development Portfolio module and provides students with individual, tailored, careers coaching. Topics discussed during the one-to-one sessions range widely, from career choice and identifying potential
career paths, to writing CVs and application forms and preparing for interviews. Sessions take place at regular hours during the week, and students are free to book as many sessions as they require.
Our live Business Consultancy project provides you with the opportunity to work as a team and consolidate the skills you will have acquired throughout the programme. You will work in groups on a real business situation, the challenge being to provide recommendations to the company to implement and benefit from.
In addition, our Management Insights series will provide you with the opportunity to attend industry seminars and network with alumni and professionals.
Annual MBA Study Tour
Each year our MBA students visit another country for 5 days to attend academic lectures at another university, engage with other students and visit companies to gain a broader insight into international business and culture.
Teaching: Teaching takes place through lectures, seminars, workshops, small teams and individual self-directed learning. During the Autumn term, you will study core courses intensively and will be expected to be available from 9am until 6pm, Monday to Friday for all on-campus programme activities. Some evenings may run later due to external speakers, social events and interactions with other business schools. You will be notified of any such events at least 5 days in advance.
Over the Spring term, you will study four elective courses, along with group work, private study and the continuation of your Personal Development Programme. Late working may still be required from time to time.
During the Summer term you will work on the Business Consultancy Project, continue with your Personal Development Programme and work on your dissertation.
Workload: Our MBA has been designed specifically to stretch you – the challenge is to respond by developing your personal and analytical skills. You will be committed to a heavy workload and able to meet deadlines for each course, assignment and examination, whilst also attending various MBA events.
Focusing intently on a variety of subjects at a time makes this an extremely rigorous and demanding study experience. You should be prepared to make the required commitment to study for approximately 50 hours a week both during the day and in the evening in order to cover all the assigned course material in this programme.
Assessment: You will be assessed by examination (three hours long) on the core courses you have studied for that term. You will also be regularly assessed through in-course projects, conducted as individual or group assignments. These are usually in the form of essays or presentations.
The dissertation is a 12,000 word assignment carried out during the summer. Assessment by examination will take place after the Easter vacation.
Support: Taught programmes on campus are supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE). Resources available to students online may include copies of lecture slides, links to e-journals and past exam papers as well as course outlines.
The academic staff at Royal Holloway together with an experienced team (in terms of language skills, study skills and administration), are able to provide advice, support and encouragement in practical and academic matters.