Master of International Business - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017, 2016 and more

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty

Business and Economics

Admission and fees

South Africa

Course progression map

2098 (pdf)

Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

1.5 years FT, 3 years PT

You have a maximum of 5 years to complete this course.

Mode and location

On-campus (South Africa)


Master of International Business


The Master of International Business advances your business knowledge and gives you the skills to operate with an international perspective. The course is designed for recent graduates, and also provides an accelerated path for those with relevant work experience. The Master of International Business will build upon your undergraduate credentials and further strengthen your business skills. You will develop advanced and vital skills in analysis, problem solving, research and communication that can be applied in a variety of organizational settings. These skills will be demonstrated in a better understanding of the international world, exhibiting cross-cultural competence and ethical values. The inter-disciplinary nature of international business means that you will be engaged in studying international management, law, accounting, economics, marketing and strategy, which all help in developing your strategic and operational knowledge and skills, particularly relevant in understanding the complexity of the contemporary international environment. The Master of International Business can also provide a research pathway for students interested in higher degrees by research. The course will prepare you with a comprehensive understanding of international business enabling you to provide discipline-based solutions across a variety of roles in the corporate, governmental and non-profit sectors.


These course outcomes are aligned the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

  1. be critical and creative scholars who:
    • produce innovative solutions to problems
    • apply research skills to business challenges
    • communicate effectively and perceptively
  2. be responsible and effective global citizens who:
    • engage in an internationalised world
    • exhibit cross-cultural competence
    • demonstrate ethical values
  3. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principal themes in international business by integrating and applying them in the practical environment in which business operates
  4. be able to demonstrate knowledge of a range of world views as they apply to our understanding of social responsibility, sustainability and strategic decision making
  5. understand and critically appraise the broad range of firms and organisations engaged in international business
  6. acquire the necessary reflective and analytical skills to be able to engage in life-long learning.


The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Advanced preparatory studies, Part B. Mastery knowledge and Part C. Application studies.

Part A. Advanced preparatory

Preparatory studies provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills across core business disciplines and a valuable contextual basis for further business study.

Students at Monash South Africa will have already met these requirements in prior studies and will receive credit for this part.

Part B. Mastery knowledge

These units will develop your capacity as a critical and creative professional who is able to apply their knowledge of international business, in different organisational contexts and settings.

Part C. Application studies

The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development in international business and related areas.


The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Advanced preparatory studies (24 points), Part B. Mastery knowledge (48 points) and Part C. Application studies (24 points).

You are admitted at entry level 2 and complete 72 points comprising Part B and the compulsory research pathway in Part C.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Advanced preparatory studies (24 points)

You will have already met these requirements in prior studies and will receive credit for this Part.

Part B. Mastery knowledge (48 points)

You must complete:

  • BTS5919 International trade law
  • MGS5181 International business strategy
  • MGS5310 International management
  • BFS5959 Accounting and finance for international managers
  • ECS5921 International economics
  • MGS5966 International business theory and practice
  • MKS5955 Marketing and the international consumer
  • MGS5640 Cross-cultural management communication

Part C. Application studies (24 points)

You must complete three research pathway units (24 points):

  • MGS5000 Introductory management research methods
  • MGS5901 Research report (introduction)
  • MGS5900 Research report (12 points)

Progression to further studies

You will complete a program of study (24 points) that will provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.