International Business Management

  • fiber_manual_record Credits 180  credits
  • home Study location Västerås
  • access_time Time 3 years  (full time)
  • timeline Education level First cycle

Prepare for a job as an international leader, project manager or salesperson or for becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business in a globalised market. Create your international network for future business life already during your studies.

Meet Savannah who wants to be an inspirational leader

- The International Business Management programme has given me the opportunity to combine studying business with an international perspective. Business is such a large area and this programme has helped me to narrow down my options on what I want to focus on in the future.

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The Programme

The studies focus on business administration specialising on management with an international perspective. This is for you who want a career in the increasingly global and international world of business and who want to study in English together with students from all over the world.

Communication, analytical ability, problem solving and an innovative approach are central for you aiming for a leadership position. During your studies you will practise entrepreneurship and

  • present information orally and in writing
  • solve problems
  • cooperate
  • think critically
  • search for information
  • assess current and relevant research.

Close contacts with teachers, society and other students are essential parts of the programme. You create your network for future business life already during your studies. It is therefore encouraged that you participate in one of the exchange programmes offered to study at a university in another country. This gives you the opportunity to develop your intercultural competence and language skills as well as your international contact network.

Employment and Future Prospects

The impact of globalisation is evident in the marketplace. As a manager of tomorrow, you must be equipped to navigate the opportunities and challenges created by an increasingly complex web of global competition and dependencies.

As an international leader you plan, organise, delegate and control activities in global organisations and businesses. You coordinate activities taking into account international and cultural differences affecting both private and public sector.

You have a solid base for being able to influence decision-making or making the decisions yourself in both small and medium sized as well as multinational organisations. Your employer could be private, public, or non-profit organisations.

As an international business manager, you can, among other things, work as a manager, project manager, marketing manager, purchaser, sales person or start your own business, and you are prepared for a career in an international market.



MDU has been granted the EFMD accreditation for the the Bachelor’s programme in International Business Management and the Master's programme in International Marketing.

EFMD Programme Accreditation System is an international accreditation system that evaluates business programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level. To become accredited is an indication that the programmes maintain high quality and stand up well from an international perspective.

You can read more about the accrediation on EFMD's website External link.


Watch our webinar to get even more information on how it's like to be a student here.

  • Date 2021-05-03
  • Article type Current

"It was one of the most incredible and instructive learning experiences of my life"

Solve a problem in 24 hours with students from different parts of the world. It became a reality for MDH's students in the International Business Management programme in April. The hackathon event "Hackoffice" was arranged by MDH and carried out with 12 partner universities from 11 countries and was an experience that gave the participants lessons for life.

about "It was one of the most incredible and instructive learning experiences of my life"

“I’m a proud alumnus of MDU”

Erik Lehikoinen

Former student

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Course overview for programme

Year 1

Business Administration 62,5%

  • Marketing Management, 7.5 credits
  • Organisation and Leadership, 7.5 credits
  • Financial Accounting, 7.5 credits
  • Management Accounting, 7.5 credits
  • The Internationalisation Process of Companies, 7.5 credits

Statistics 12,5%

  • Statistics for Business, 7.5 credits

Commercial Law 25%

  • International Commercial Law, 15 credits

Year 2

Business Administration 62,5%

  • E-commerce and Digitalization, 7.5 credits
  • International Human Resource Management, 7.5 credits
  • Research Methods and Academic Writing, 7.5 credits
  • Business Analytics, 7.5 credits
  • International Project Management, 7.5 credits

Economics 37.5%

  • Basic Microeconomics, 7.5 credits
  • Macroeconomic Principles, 7.5 credits
  • International Trade Theory, 7.5 credits

Year 3

Business Administration 25%

  • Bachelor Thesis in Business Administration, 15 credits

Elective 75%

Elective 45 credits

Business Administration:

  • Strategic Management, 15 credits
  • International Marketing, 15 credits
  • Managing the Multinational Enterprise, 15 credits

Exchange studies, 30 credits


"Dare to take a chance and see where it will take you”

Lotta Mannonen

Former student

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Questions about the programme?

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Occasions for this programme

Autumn 2022

  • International Business Management


    180 credits


    Autumn 2022 (start 2022-08-29)

    Time and study pace

    3 years (full time)

    Education level

    First cycle

    Application code




    Study location



    Basic eligibility and English 6, Mathematics 3b or 3c or Mathematics C


    Upper secondary (high school) grades, Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test



    Tuition fee

    For students outside EU/EEA
    Per installment prior to each semester: 49250 SEK
    Annual tuition fee: 98500 SEK
    Total programme fee: 295500 SEK


Study advisor for the programme

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Application and admission

Great that you are interested in Mälardalen University. One of the first questions are often about how and when to apply. That and more will be answered on this and related pages.

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Mälardalen University scholarship programme

Every year Mälardalen University offers a limited numbers of scholarships to students applying for a Master's programme with us as their first choice.

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Chat with our ambassadors

Meet our international student ambassadors and your new buddies.

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