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.  Philosophically, the programme aspires to develop the student’s ‘global mindset’. The programme aims to develop cultural awareness, sensitivity and curiosity around global industrial systems, international business models, geopolitics, global finance and worldwide societal norms and changes.

The overall objective of the MSc in International Management is to provide students with in-depth knowledge and expertise in international business and cross-cultural management. It provides students with the knowledge and skills required to manage and work in multinational corporations or more generally in the global context.

On completion of the programme, students should:

  • Understand current theories, concepts and frameworks in: cross-cultural management; global finance and global marketing; international human resource management; international management, knowledge and innovation; international business & the multinational enterprise.
  • Appreciate the relevance of theories, concepts and frameworks to undertaking business across frontiers.
  • Have a solid grounding in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Understand the practical tools and techniques applied at strategic and operational levels when successfully undertaking cross-border activities.
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate international management and international business options.
  • Integrate and apply knowledge from a range of international management and international business subjects.
  • Synthesise and present complex information in an appropriate way according to audience requirements.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.
Applicants are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application.

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr. Josephine Igoe
  • Dr. Denise Holland
  • Ms. Orlagh Reynolds
  • Dr. Ashley Piggins
  • Dr. Majella Giblin
  • Ms. Maureen Maloney
  • Mr. Michael Moroney
  • Dr. Rachel Hilliard
  • Dr. Natasha Evers
  • Dr. Emer Mulligan

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two exams: April/May. 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, or expect to hold before the programme commences, an undergraduate degree, usually a Grade 1 or a 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 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting



PAC code


Course Outline

You will critically examine the complexities of international management and the impact of culture, and local and global norms on business. You will develop critical insights into key functional aspects of international management (e.g., strategy, global marketing, international corporate finance, international HRM), set within a framework of cross cultural management and how to link these dimensions to the key driver of organisational competitiveness sustainability: innovation.

In addition, you will assess the ethical complexities involved in managing global organisations and the factors involved in responsible decision making. You will have the opportunity to synthesise theory and practice through an international study tour (which, in previous years, has been to Hong Kong).

Semester I modules:

  • Global Business and HR in Context
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Irish Economic Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Management

Semester II modules:

  • International HRM
  • Innovation Manage-ment
  • Global Marketing
  • International Corporate Finance
  • Doing Business Abroad
  • or Research Project.

Modules for 2017-18

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

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A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
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Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required MG602: Strategic Management - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required EC5111: Global Economics for International Managers - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MG582: International & Cross Cultural Management - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required MG6101: Global Business and HR in Context - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required MG6105: Research Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EC577: Irish Economic Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EC548: Irish Economic Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MG617: Research Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MG6109: Research Project - 20 Credits - Semester 2
Required AY590: International Corporate Finance - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MK579: Global Marketing Management - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required MG6112: International Management Report - 20 Credits - Semester 2
Required MG6108: International Human Resource Management - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required MG6111: Innovation Management - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG581: Global Business - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG583: International HRM - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MK575: Global Marketing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG577: International Management Project - 30 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG563: Research Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG584: Research Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG611: Strategic Modelling - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional MG604: Innovation & the Learning Organisation - 10 Credits - Semester 2

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) 2013 award. 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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

This course is open to both Business and Non-Business Graduates. 

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Trip to Hong Kong

The MSc International Management class (2016), with Peter Ryan (Consul General to Hong Kong) and Dr Josephine Igoe (MSc International Management Programme Director) pictured outside St Paul's ruins and the first university in China (UNESCO world heritage site) on their recent study trip to Hong Kong.

The trip, led by Dr Josephine Igoe (Discipline of Management) and accompanied by Dr Ann Torres (Vice Dean of Internationalisation, College of Business, Public Policy & Law) and Dr Denise Holland (Discipline of Management), simulates an international business trip whereby the students investigate and diagnose ‘live’ international business and management issues and collect and analyse relevant research data in a cross-cultural and global business environment.  Some of the highlights included a visit to Hong Kong Baptist University’s International Institute for Business Development, volunteering and working alongside investors and speakers at the RISE Web Summit, customised seminars delivered by Irish expatriates and local experts from: Independent Commission Against Corruption in Hong Kong, International Business Relations in Asia, Enterprise Ireland, Irish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and Young Irish Professionals in Hong Kong. The ten-day trip concluded with an NUI Galway Alumni Event at the Irish Consulate General premises with guest speaker, past alumnus of NUI Galway BComm programme, Domhnal Slattery (Avolon).



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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,250 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€7,026 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€15,500 p.a. 2018/19
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.

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What Our Students Say


Anish Umarjikar |   Current Student

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

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.

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.


National Postgraduate Course of the Year (Business) Award 2013

Intel Sponsored Award

Intel currently provide an award for the highest academically performing student valued at €1,000.


Higher Education Awards 2018

Grad Ireland Higher Education Awards 2018

Shortlisted for Postgraduate Course of The Year 2018