Centre for Financial and Management Studies

MSc International Business Administration

Key information

Two to five years
Start of programme
October / January / April / June
Attendance mode
Distance learning

MSc: £10,920
Single module: £1,820

Course overview

Our MSc International Business Administration programme provides you with an in-depth understanding of the fast-paced world of international business. The programme helps you gain high quality management skills, along with the specialist regional knowledge needed to succeed in business. On the programme, you will study the interplay between the global and local factors that influence management decisions in business. 

Why study MSc International Business Administration at SOAS

  • ranked 5th in the UK for graduate employability (Guardian League Tables 2021)
  • develop an excellent understanding of the key issues shaping international business strategy in a global financial environment
  • we offer specialist knowledge of financial and management systems in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
  • you will be joining our community of alumni working in 160 countries in sectors including finance, government, industry and international organisations. 

Entry requirements

You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in a social science discipline. Qualifications in other subjects will be assessed on their merits. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training. 


You will study six modules: two core modules and four elective modules selected from the list below.

If you wish to complete the Dissertation you must study Research Methods.

  • International Business Strategy
  • Managing the Transnational Corporation

Elective modules

  • Banking Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Dissertation
  • Doing Business in Africa
  • Finance in the Global Market
  • Financial Reporting (IFRS)
  • Human Resource Management and Development 
  • Introduction to Valuation
  • Management Information in Business
  • Project Appraisal
  • Research Methods
  • Risk Management: Principles and Applications*
  • The Business and Economy of China
  • The Business and Economy of MENA

*Please be advised that this module requires a high level of numerical and computational skill. Students should have a good background in mathematics and are advised to consult the sample module. 

Teaching and learning

The MSc International Business Administration is made up of six modules. Each module lasts for 10 weeks. You can only take one module at a time, but each module is typically available in at least two of year's study sessions. This gives you the flexibility to how your studies throughout the year, allowing you to fit your studies around your professional, family and personal commitments. 

Online academic tutor

You will be individually assigned an online academic tutor for the duration of each module with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session. You will also have a named administrator providing you with help and advice throughout your studies.

For each module, you will be provided with all necessary materials from a range of appropriate sources.

Virtual Learning Environment 

To make your experience as a distance learning student more complete and rewarding, you will have access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is a web-based learning environment. Via the VLE, you can communicate with your assigned academic tutor, administrators and other students on the module using discussion forums.

The VLE also provides you with access to the module's Study Guide and assignments, as well as a selection of electronic journals available on the University of London Online Library.


For each module, you will sit a three-hour examination, held on a specified date in September/October, and complete two assignments during the module study session. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. Examinations and assignments are weighted 70:30.

Fees and funding

MSc Single Module
£10,920 £1,820

Pay as you learn

Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment or on a pay as you learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on.

Postgraduate loans

If you have been a resident in England for 3 years you may be eligible. See postgraduate funding and finance for more information.

Look through the postgraduate scholarships available.


Alternatively, we recommend students approach their local British Council, British High Commission or British Embassy, for information on local funding.

Dependent on nationality, employment circumstances and other factors, funding and sponsorship sources can include:

  • United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc)
  • Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc)
  • European Union
  • British Council
  • UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • NGOs
  • Educational and other charitable trusts


As a graduate of MSc International Business Administration you will be well prepared for senior positions in: 

  • corporations
  • banks
  • financial services companies
  • business consultancies 
  • regulatory authorities
  • international organisations

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Euro Monitor International
  • Financial Times
  • HM Treasury
  • Huaxia Bank, China
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Investec
  • JP Morgan, Chase & Co
  • KPMG
  • Nomura
  • Oxfam
  • Publicis Media
  • Santander
  • UBS
  • University of Oxford
  • Western Securities Co. Ltd
  • White & Case LLP
  • World Food Programme

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A student's perspective

I would recommend the MSc Finance and Financial Law programme at SOAS for those who are interested in both finance and financial law while also wish to compare the differences between jurisdictions. The programme is perfect for those who would like to pursue a career in relation to the emerging economies in the future.

Yiyi Li, China