International Business Management MSc

Hochschule Mainz
City, country:
Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
M.A. & M.Sc. (Master of Arts oder Master of Science)
3 Semester


By joining our postgraduate study programme “Master of Science International Business” you will be entering an academic community which has a new and energetic approach. A truly international community of students, Fachhochschule Mainz provides a stimulating atmosphere suitable for today’s academic or business minded men and women.

The MSc IB programme that we offer in Mainz in cooperation with London South Bank University situated in the heart of London, is vocationally relevant, offering added value to careers or career development.

The internationally recognised qualification will provide you with the opportunity to develop and enhance your understanding of the complex, changing and multi-faceted nature of international business and the environment within which it operates. In the course of the programme you will develop your knowledge, analytical skills and critical awareness, and study alongside students from a wide variety of countries around the world.
Prof. Dr. Susanne Rank Course director

Job description and job opportunities

The aim of this postgraduate course is to allow participants to critically and analytically study the complex, changing, multi faceted character of international business in the modern world, as well as investigate problems, issues and the context in which international business operates.

This is achieved by examining both academic theories and real life case studies, as well as undertaking individual research. The course aims to impart a high level of knowledge, analytical abilities and critical understanding of ‘International Business’, as well as providing students with the necessary skills and tools in order to make decisions within an international environment.


Part I at the University of Applied Science
  • International Business Strategy
  • International Trade
  • Management in International Firms
  • Analytical Techniques for International Business
Furthermore, students must participate in an Academic English language course

Part II at London South Bank University
  • International Marketing OR
    Corporate Financial Management (Core Unit for students on the finance pathway)
  • International Finance
  • Research Methods
  • Options:
    • European Management and Business Strategy
    • International Management Skills
    • Business Environment in Central Europe
    • International Dimension of Human Resource Management
    • Business Environment in Pacific RIM
    • International Banking
    • Managing across cultures
Part III - The Master Dissertation
The specific Master's challenge, in part, is in writing the dissertation. The aim of the dissertation is to present an advanced piece of independent research on an international business topic.

The research topic should be covered in an interdisciplinary and integrated way in terms of hypothesis, methodology, documentation and presentation of results.

Practical relevance

The MSc IB course is delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars and case study sessions, and our students are encouraged to play an active part in the learning process.

Our professors’ management experience in multinational companies and cross-cultural consultancies combined with the practical approach of the programme ensure that our graduates obtain positions in major international companies, government departments, diplomatic service, export/import companies in Germany, the UK and overseas.

Languages and semester abroad

Sprache verpflichtend:
semester abroad:
Semester 1 of the programme will be offered simultaneously (same time, structure, contents and assessments) at London South Bank University, at Fachhochschule Mainz, Germany, at Assumption University, Bangkok, at Loyola College, Chennai/India and at Beijing Institute of Technology, China.

In semester 2 all students meet in London and study together.

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Short periods of study, international courses and practical orientation – these are the characteristics of the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, at which approximately 4400 students are currently studying.

The common feature of all fields of study is the application orientation of the university, which has excellent contacts to the regional economy and public institutions. By always keeping practical aspects in mind and by the constant innovative adaption of the study programme contents to the requirements of the labour market, the University of Applied Sciences Mainz offers attractive future-oriented education with promising professional prospects.

In addition, the establishment of seven independent institutes over the last few years has enhanced the area of applied sciences and development.

Studying in Mainz

Mainz is the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate, one of the 16 states (Bundesländer) of the Federal Republic of Germany, and also part of the Frankfurt- Rhein-Main metropolitan area, Germany’s financial centre and seat of the European Central Bank.

The city of Mainz is an extremely attractive place for foreign students and a magnet for countless tourists. It is rich with cultural monuments, offers plenty of cultural events throughout the year and many leisure possibilities.

Broad, spacious squares and open places, lovingly-restored half-timbered houses and magnificent Baroque churches give Mainz’s Old Town, its inner city, its charming, ‘old world and traditional’ or ‘gemütlich’ character. With three universities in town, Mainz hosts about 35,000 students. The university campuses are located within the city limits and easily accessible by public transportation.

Course guidance/Information

Hochschule Mainz
Fachbereich Wirtschaft

Lucy-Hillebrand-Straße 2
55128 Mainz