Programmes opportunities sheffield management

An international learning experience

With students from over 100 countries, the University of Sheffield is a truly global community. Sheffield University Management School embraces this world-leading perspective and offers a range of programmes to prepare its students for a future in the international business and marketing arena.

Undergraduates on our BA International Business Management spend their second year studying at a prestigious partner university in Europe, Australia, Singapore, Canada, Hong Kong or the USA, then return to Sheffield to complete their third-year studies. We offer three courses with an international focus at Masters level; MSc Global Marketing Management (jointly awarded with Hong Kong Baptist University), MSc International Management and MSc Management (International Business). These place particular emphasis on operating in a competitive global arena and aim to prepare students for a fruitful international career.

The University makes a number of international visits. For up-to-date information on planned trips click here or follow the Management School on Twitter @UoS_Management.

Our programmes with an international focus

Sheffield University Management School puts significant focus on producing graduates who are ready to lead on the world stage. Within our suite of programmes, a number have an embedded international focus:

BA (Hons) International Business Management with Study Abroad

At undergraduate level, we offer the BA (Hons) International Business Management programme. This unique three-year course offers students the opportunity to study overseas in their second year of study*. Modules taken overseas are approved by the Management School and taught in English.

The second year of study is taken at one of our partner institutions in Europe, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong or Australia, many of which are also Triple Crown accredited. We use the Erasmus and Study Abroad schemes to place our students at an institution which is suitable and offer support while they are overseas. Some of our students from across our BAs in International Business Management and Business Management write a blog for us while they are overseas – click here to read their posts. We also have a page of testimonials from students who have studied abroad here.

* Study abroad is reliant on the student achieving an average mark of 60 per cent in both autumn and spring semesters of first year without any failed module. Those who fail to achieve this mark are transferred onto the Business Management BA.

Click here to read more about this programme’s structure and module options.

MSc Global Marketing Management

At Masters level, the MSc Global Marketing Management is run in collaboration with Hong Kong Baptist University. Students on this programme study their first semester at Sheffield University Management School, and go on to do their second semester in Hong Kong. A great deal of support is offered from both universities.

Click here to read more about this programme’s structure and module options.

MSc International Management

Our MSc International Management carries a number of core modules with a global focus, including International Human Resource Studies, European Business, International Management and International Business Strategy. It also offers a number of optional modules from respected departments across the University such as Modern Languages and the School of East Asian Studies.

Click here to read more about this programme’s structure and module options.

MSc Management (International Business)

The MSc Management (International Business) programme has more of a core management focus, but introduces optional modules with international elements such as International Business and East Asia.

Click here to read more about this programme’s structure and module options.

International Doctoral Programme (IDP)

The innovative structure of our International Doctoral Programme provides an opportunity for academically excellent PhD students to benefit from a genuinely cross-cultural experience. Students spend time studying both at the host and partner university and benefit from supervision at both – upon graduation students will be awarded PhDs from both the University of Sheffield and the partner university.

Click here to read more about the International Doctoral Programme.

Our international students discuss life at the Management School

We’ve collected a number of testimonials from our students at every level from all over the world. Follow these quick links (undergraduate testimonials, postgraduate taught testimonials, postgraduate research testimonials) or check the tabs below for some examples:


Sandra Yam SheffieldSandra Yam, BA Accounting and Financial Management (Malaysia)

What do you like most about your degree? I have always been interested in crunching numbers and I enjoyed studying accounting during high school. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the University of Sheffield does an accounting degree with management integrated into the course. I believe that this definitely widens my perspective and this is partly the reason why I chose to come to Sheffield in the first place.

What do you like most about studying at Sheffield? Sheffield has a great environment for studying. It isn’t as busy or noisy as other cities yet when I feel like taking a break from studying there are ample things to do. I enjoy how the city is a five-minute walk from the university. It’s definitely great fun.

What made you choose to study at Sheffield? The fact that my degree incorporates management skills and not just accounting really influenced my choice to come to Sheffield. Also, I enjoy the freedom of having extra credits each year to widen my scope of study. I was also really attracted to the Students’ Union and all the activities that are available for students.

What do you hope to do after graduating? I intend to pursue a graduate scheme with an accounting firm such as PwC and do my ACA/ACCA qualifications.

Which clubs, activities and societies are you involved with? I am currently involved as the social secretary for the Malaysian and Singaporean Society.

What are your career aims for the future? I hope to return home to Malaysia and work with an accounting firm in a managerial position.

Click here for more undergraduate (BA Hons) testimonials.

Postgraduate taught

Paapa Korankye-AnkrahPaapa Korankye-Ankrah, MSc Management (Ghana)

What were you doing before you started your course? After I finished my undergraduate degree, I took a few months to do some volunteer work while I researched my Masters programme.

Why did you choose to study in the UK? I previously studied in Africa and North America and thought it wise to add a European educational experience. The UK was absolutely the best choice because of the language and the high standard of the educational system.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? I chose Management as my course because my ultimate goal is to become a management consultant. Sheffield University Management School was one of my top choices because of the prestige of the university, coupled with its Triple Crown accreditation, which makes it one of the top 1% of business/management schools in the world. The reputation of the school was a major deciding factor for me when I was selecting my Masters.

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? In the time I have been here, what I have been most impressed with is the experience level of the lecturers. They support theories with real-world examples that they have experienced personally. This puts context into a lot of the material we are taught.

What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? What I like most about the city of Sheffield is its safety. With the university running a 24-hour learning space alongside a popular commercial road, West Street, students are able to freely move around even at odd hours without feeling in danger. Also, there is never a dull moment in Sheffield. Whether it is the Meadowhall shopping centre, or the never-ending series of parties and activities in the city centre, Sheffield never fails to provide options to fill spare time with.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects? Through the initiative of the Management School to invite representatives and scouts from top global brands such as Deloitte and Ernst & Young, I have an established idea of exactly what type of career I would want to pursue.

Click here for more Postgraduate Taught (Masters) testimonials.

Postgraduate research

Hector MadridDr Hector Madrid (Chile)

I recently completed my PhD at Sheffield University Management School. Sheffield is a fantastic place to study, work and live. It is very student friendly city, and my positivity about it extends beyond the University – the city offers a wonderful all-round quality of life. In my time here, I have connected with people in education and outside – Sheffield is magic. It has good people, a beautiful environment and, to top it all, an excellent University.

Being a PhD student at Sheffield University Management School is very challenging. You are learning a lot, and you must make the most of working with important people in your field such as world leaders in your field. The Management School has world-leading academics on my subject, such as Professor Peter Warr in the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP). The IWP is a great group of people within the Management School. They have a strong global reputation and a strong sense of community – it is a world-class institute.

When you are a PhD student at Sheffield, you get a great deal of support. It’s important that you have good relationships with your supervisors – I did, and got an amazing level of advice and support. As I mentioned, they are world leaders in their field, but cared about my work and my personal life. The Management School offers a comprehensive, friendly and authentically caring environment – representatives were always interested about how I was settling into Sheffield as an international student, which was comforting.

The University has fantastic resources, offering access to everything you need to do your PhD such as data sets, journals and 24/7 library facilities!

The community between PhD students at the Management School’s Doctoral Centre was very important to me. It fosters a vibrant cluster of people all studying different things, though with a strong sense of collaboration and support – we were able to share expertise and advice within this community, and I appreciated the help from other students going through similar things to me.

I always felt very welcome in the Management School and the city. It has given me access to a new culture and a new life – it is very multicultural, yet totally integrated. The School also has very good industrial connections and international links, so I was able to understand a different way of thinking and understanding. When I initially thought of studying my PhD in the UK, my thoughts turned to London. However, I knew as soon as I arrived that I’d made the right decision coming to Sheffield – it’s not just the University’s reputation, it’s a complete experience. The quality of life and education is fantastic.

Click here for more Postgraduate Research testimonials.

Student blog

You can find out more about the experiences of our international students on our undergraduate blog.

Click here to visit the blog.

Other international opportunities for students

Tim CopenhagenErasmus and study abroad schemes

The University has strong Erasmus and Study Abroad schemes, which are promoted within the Management School. There is a highly experienced academic appointed annually who is often the point of contact for students who are interested in studying abroad. The University of Sheffield supports our efforts, especially colleagues in the Global Opportunities and Exchanges team. Click here to read more about them.

International summer schools

Each summer, the Management School engages in prestigious study abroad activities tailored specifically for our undergraduate and postgraduate students. We encourage students to engage with one of summer school activities which offer a rewarding and cultural experience, plus the added benefit of increasing employability prospects.

Click here to read more about our summer schools.

Student opportunities internationalGLOSS (Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences)

The Faculty of Social Sciences, which the Management School is part of, aims to aims to promote student engagement in global learning via their GLOSS scheme. It provides students with unique opportunities to understand their courses in an international context, actively engage with international policy makers, stakeholders and partners, and be involved in international research.

Click here to read more about the GLOSS scheme.

* Please note: Undergraduate students studying BA Accounting and Financial Management (single or dual honours) are not eligible to study overseas as part of their degree.