Leave your mark on the business world

Whether you want to switch career path completely or progress in your current role, this master’s degree will provide you with the business expertise needed to thrive in a number of dynamic industries.

Known as Germany’s gateway city, Hamburg has the vibe of a global city with a historical past. With over 100sq kms of tidal harbor, Hamburg’s waterways shape the city’s layout and architecture. From the striking opera house to industrial warehouses, the city is a mix of old and new. This theme continues with the many companies and industries represented throughout the city, making Hamburg a popular choice for those wishing to work in the city after graduating. Hamburg is arguably the most cultural city in Germany, with an abundance of museums, galleries, theaters, and live music venues. In their free time, residents of Hamburg may spend it hiking, wakeboarding, in a beer hall, or clubbing – or possibly a bit of everything.

Our study guarantee: start your studies online or on campus

As an educational institution, we want to ensure that our students can start studying with us no matter the circumstance and we want to give you every chance to progress with your education and build a successful career. At GISMA we want to assure you that there will be an option for you to study and start your programme on time regardless of whether the campus is open or closed. We also want to assure you that you will still be able to study in the case where the campus is open but, due to health concerns or travel restrictions, you are unable to attend the classes in person on time.

With this in mind, all of our students will have the option to start their studies online. Students will learn in a hybrid format, which is a live learning experience and allows for interaction with the tutor, as well as the ability to work in student groups. Students will then have the option to complete the programme on-campus in Germany as soon as possible.

Accreditations, rankings and important information

This course is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Kingston Business School is accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). 

Why choose this course?

  • Enhance your international business knowledge and skills
  • Join our worldwide alumni network and gain professional contacts
  • Benefit from flexibility with optional modules; enabling personalised learning
  • Enhance your learning with industry guest speakers
  • Enjoy a programme taught completely in English 
  • Earn an MSc from Kingston Business School, which is accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA). The programme itself is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
  • Kingston University is consistently rated one of the most successful UK universities for producing graduates starting up their own companies

Who is the MSc International Business Management for?

This MSc is for aspiring business leaders who want a global experience. Recent graduates or individuals with a few years of business experience will flourish in this international environment.

How will you learn?

You will learn in an interactive and hands-on way with a real-world focus, benefitting from case studies, business tours, and various group projects.

About GISMA Hamburg

GISMA Business School offers students a unique opportunity in Hamburg. Perfectly positioned as the link between education and industry, GISMA has a huge number of services to ensure settling in Germany is achievable for any student. Before you arrive in Hamburg and throughout your study period, you will have access to an accommodation support team and visa specialists, taking away a lot of the concerns students have when arriving in a new city. As a student at GISMA Hamburg you will have access to free beginner German lessons and a dedicated Career Centre, meaning you’ll find it easy to connect with locals and prepare for your future.

Study in Germany

With a thriving economy, and exceptionally high quality of life score, Germany remains the number 1 choice for International Students in Europe. As a country built on manufacturing, Germany is now expanding its horizons and becoming just as well knows for finance, tech, and innovation – bringing with it a talent pool and exceptional employers. A world-leading healthcare system and strong commitment from German residents are part of the many reasons why Germany was affected by and has recovered from the coronavirus pandemic quicker than many other countries. Borders are now starting to reopen, and life is returning to normal in Germany. International students are warmly welcomed in Germany, not only due to English being a widely spoken language and diverse population, but because of the popular 18-month post study visa available for non-EU students.

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The modules offer a broad range of learning opportunities, and you can tailor your learning according to your interests. Each module has a common focus on international business whereby the quality and expectations of learning material will challenge you and develop your critical business skills further. The international environment and your student cohort will challenge your thinking, as our international students bring a wide range of perspectives and views, all of which are invaluable to enhancing the learning environment.

The course is made up of eight modules (two core and six electives) worth 180 credits.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Business Management
  • International Business Strategy with Simulation
  • International Business Strategy and Trade
  • Consultancy in Practice

Elective modules - indicative and may be subject to change

  • International Project Management and Practice
  • International Money and Finance
  • Buyer Behaviour
  • International Marketing
  • Managing Corporate Social Responsibility
  • & Sustainable Development

Career direction

With this MSc International Business Management, your career will be rocketed to new global heights. The prestige of the award institution coupled with a fantastic location in Germany offers students the opportunity to develop multiple employment skills and gain the confidence to enter numerous industries and sectors.


Why study in Hamburg?

Option to apply for a 18 month post-study residence permit**

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and a European hotspot for science, innovation and education. Studying at GISMA’s Hamburg campus, you will be able to experience the city’s rich cultural life and entertainment options, as Hamburg features dozens of theatres, music venues, cinemas and museums to discover. There are also a wealth of green areas around in case you feel like escaping bustling city life for the day.

Germany is the most popular option for international students looking to study in Europe, recognised for its high-quality education of which you can experience this with GISMA.

** For more information please visit our section for International students

^According to statistics and data from ICEF monitor.


Fees and funding

Please contact a programme advisor for more details on how to apply.

Tuition -  €16,500 / Year

Early bird discount of up to 20%*

*20% early bird offer for applications submitted at least 8 weeks before orientation date.


Flexible payment plan

GISMA offers flexible payment plans that allow you to spread the costs of your programme fees in up to six instalments. A refundable* deposit of €2,000 is required to secure your place, and the remainder of the tuition fee is to be paid after the start of the programme in accordance with your payment schedule.

You will be eligible for a discount of 5% off the total fee if the payment of the entire tuition fee is completed before the first instalment due date.

Payments are accepted by bank transfer, or via one of our payment partners – Transfermate and Stripe. If you have any queries regarding payment options, please speak to a programme consultant.

*Terms and conditions apply. 

Entry Requirements

  • Qualifications: Honours degree in any subject with good grade average, or equivalent qualifications. IELTS 6.5 or above.
  • Non-standard entry: non-standard applicants are welcome to apply at GISMA. For more information and details on the non-standard application process please contact an advisor today for more information.

Career statistics you need to know

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Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in the EU, at 3,1%*

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Germany is the most popular option for international students looking to study in Europe.***



4th Best Graduate starting salary at £40,650**
in Europe, with a growing economy

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  • Full-time
  • Hamburg
  • 1 Year
  • Feb & Oct 2023
  • € 16500 per course

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This programme also benefits from AMBA accreditation

Top 50

Kingston University has been named as one of the top 50 institutions in England*

*Kingston University London


Kingston Business School; a globally recognised UK University with AACSB accreditation.


95.1% students graduating from the University in 2015-16 were in work or further study 6 months on*

"There is a plan every single week where you can visit companies and learn about their cultures. You can even talk to the employers and learn from them."

Sukhman Singh - MSc International Marketing

"Berlin is a very international city, I think what is really important for students is that it is so liveable and the cost is much cheaper living here."

Emma Jane Scott - MSc Leadership and Human Resource Management