This pathway focuses on the same core courses as the standard MBA, but it is distinguished by the opportunity for participants to spend 2-3 months abroad. The international component includes an exchange with one of our University partners.

We are currently delivering hybrid teaching during the 2020/21 academic year due to Covid-19 restrictions. We will continue to update you on the teaching you can expect when you start your degree in 2021 throughout your application process.


Between September and July, students study eleven foundation courses in major disciplines including strategic leadership, finance and economics, strategic marketing and operations improvement.


Here your studies can be tailored towards your specific career interests through the selection of option courses from a wide range.

International Exchange

Please note: The challenges of COVID-19 have caused the University—along with every other HE institution across the world—to adapt quickly to best support our students.

Your safety will always be our first priority and we have reviewed the Study Abroad/Exchange elements of all our degrees. Where there is a compulsory period of study or work abroad, we are working to ensure that you can still take up this opportunity. We are working with overseas institutions to try to establish options for you to study abroad in semester 2 and will update this information as the situation develops.

We realise this will be very disappointing, but we are working with our study abroad partners to ensure that you are safe, are given a meaningful and enriching experience and can successfully complete your degree.

During semester 2B students registered for the MBA with International Exchange programme will study at one of our international exchange universities. We have listed the current exchange universities in the table below. Please note that the number of exchange opportunities at each university will vary each year, and places at USA universities are particularly limited. We cannot therefore always guarantee your first choice.

MBA Critical Thinking Report

Towards the end of the MBA programme students write a 5,000 word problem-solving assignment. This is a real-life assignment based on an organisation for which students have previously worked or might wish to in the future. The assignment identifies the problem and offers a critique of why the organisation faces the problem, plus a theory driven solution.

To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2020/21.



Introduction to the Programme


  • Building High Performance Teams activities
  • Introduction to Strategic Leadership
  • MBA Orientation and Study Skills

Semester 2b


International Exchange

Completion of a 10 to 14-week study period with one of our University Exchange Partners:

  • Aalto University Executive Education (Finland)
  • EADA (Spain)
  • ESSEC Business School (France)
  • IPADE Business School (México)
  • Kellogg School of Management, (USA)
  • Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia)
  • McCombs School of Business (USA)
  • Schulich School of Business (Canada)
  • Peking University Guanghua School of Management (China)

Details of the International Exchange

Summer Term


Additional Information

In addition to the main programme, a series of practitioner speakers and Masterclasses will be organised on specialised topics in response to contemporary business developments and student interests.

*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June in the year of entry to the course. We cannot guarantee that all option courses will run each year and occasionally there will be last minute amendments after this date due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff illness.

The content of individual courses and the programme for any given degree are under constant academic review in light of current circumstances and may change from time to time, with some programmes and courses being modified, discontinued or replaced.

Due to high demand we cannot guarantee students a place on the optional course of their preference. Equally, if there is not enough interest in a given year for an option course then it may not be viable for us to run that particular option course. Some combinations of option courses may not be possible due to scheduling constraints.

Core and Elective Courses

Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses can be found on the University Degree Programme Tables website.

MBA with International Exchange Degree Programme Table