International Business Project

The International Business Project (IB) is the jewel in the crown of our MBA programme.

Your company will benefit from the wealth of experience, skills and knowledge that they have built up over the past 18 months, and you will get relevant, actionable, evidence-based outcomes that could have a genuine impact on your business performance.

Why do an IB?

  • More than 2,000 hours of intensive work from five MBAs
  • An average of ten days support by a world class academic
  • A consultancy project worth £90k-£100k in equivalent consultancy fees
  • The opportunity to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with Alliance MBS in the future
  • The chance to contribute to global business education.

What will it cost?

Typical costs are from £14,000, depending on travel destinations. This includes a project fee of £3,000 to cover Faculty supervisory costs, plus students' international travel and other expenses.

What is the process?

Step 1 - Agreement in principle to undertake an International Business Project (N.B. you are under no obligation to proceed with a project, and you are free to pull out of a project at any stage.)

Step 2 - Develop project brief
Whether you have clearly defined objectives and deliverables, or just a vague idea of the issue you need addressing, we can help you develop a brief that will give you the outcome you want. (N.B. your project must require each member of the team to travel outside the UK to generate data.)

Step 3 - Submit brief to students
All project briefs are posted on our secure, password-protected intranet. Student teams will choose up to three projects to bid for. Your project could be chosen by up to 12 teams - or none.

Step 4 - Make a shortlist
If your project has been chosen by one or more teams, you will be sent bidding documents that set out the way they propose to approach your project. You need to select a shortlist (maximum three teams) for interview.

Step 5 - Choose your team
Each of your selected teams presents their project proposal to you. This is your chance to quiz them on their ideas and methods and see how they work as a team. You then make an offer to the team you think will best suit your requirements. Remember: your first choice team might have accepted another offer, so you may decide to make an offer to your second, or even third, choice. (N.B. Interviews, and subsequent meetings, can be conducted remotely via videoconferencing/Skype if you are based outside the UK.)

Step 6 - Begin your project
It is up to you how much time you commit during the project but we recommend regular dialogue to check the team's progress and discuss any issues. The more time you put in, the better outcome you'll get.

Step 7 - Get the results
Your student team will present the outcomes of their research to you. This will be followed up with a formal report. You will be asked for your feedback on the project as part of our commitment to continually improving the IBP for future clients and students.

Schedule and time commitment


End October

Early December

Mid December

Mid January


Mid March



Agree brief and submit to Alliance MBS

Receive bids from students
Choose shortlist

Teams pitch to clients
Make an offer to preferred team
Possible second round bidding if all teams not assigned

Teams give interim presentations

Project completed

Final presentations

Receive final report

Time commitment (approx)

4 hours

2 hours

4-8 hours

2 hours

1 hour per week

2 hours

Client testimonials



Balfour Beatty