Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleMIntBus
CRICOS code034886J
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Malaysia, South Africa)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Caulfield Student Services, telephone: +61 3 9903 1400, fax: +61 3 9903 1357, email:

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Tony Fang


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students at Monash South Africa must complete a compulsory research component. Students at Monash South Africa do not have the option to apply for an alternative exit.


The course is an inter-disciplinary program of study that provides students with the ability to understand the issues affecting contemporary international business. Academically rigorous, the course enables students to gain the appropriate knowledge and analytical skills that can be applied in a variety of organisational settings including the corporate, governmental and non-profit sectors. The course enables those seeking either career entry or progression or those with a special interest in international business, to extend their skills and knowledge base by being better able to comprehend, critically evaluate and interpret the workings of global business.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross-cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline-based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities we serve

(d.) have advanced knowledge to master's level in international business


The course has two main components:

(a.) a set of core units in international business

(b.) four electives consisting of:

  • a research component, which may provide a pathway to doctoral studies, or coursework units.

NOTE: Students at Monash South Africa must complete the research component.


Students must complete:

(a.) eight core units (48 points) as follows:

(b.) 24 points of graduate-level units subject to course coordinator approval and the following conditions:

  • a maximum of 12 points may be taken from other faculties
  • students interested in pursuing doctoral (PhD) studies can choose the research report elective option. Students undertaking this course in South Africa must complete the research component.

Suitable coursework units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; postgraduate units are those that commence with the number 5.

Research report elective option

The research report option may provide an alternative pathway for students from a course work master's program into a PhD program, and comprises the following units:

Students intending to enrol in the research report units require permission, and must have completed a minimum of 24 points of coursework study, including MGX5000, and achieved a minimum average of 70 per cent, to progress to the research report. Students should discuss this option with their course director prior to enrolling.

Additional degree requirements:

  • students must study a minimum of four level-5 units.

Progression to further studies

This degree may serve as a pathway to a higher degree by research. Students considering a research degree are advised to consult a course coordinator prior to making an application.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of International Business early may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 1679 Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • 3848 Graduate Diploma in Business after successful completion of 48 points of study

NOTE: Students at Monash South Africa do not have the option to apply for an alternative exit.


Master of International Business