The CEMS MIM is a powerful combination of theory and business expertise that will help you kickstart your career.

The UCT GSB Master of Management Specialising in International Management (MIM) is offered in association with CEMS - a global alliance of the world’s finest students, schools, alumni, corporate and social partners. The UCT GSB CEMS MIM is a full time study programme offering a dual qualification, with international accreditation from UCT GSB as well as CEMS

This one-year master’s programme includes:

  • international management courses
  • business skills seminars
  • an international internship and business immersion project
  • with CEMS corporate partners
  • a credit-bearing study term at one of the CEMS partner universities - which include top global business schools, in 34 countries

At the conclusion of their studies, MIM students will be awarded both the Master in International Management qualification issued by CEMS as well as the Master of Management specialising in International Management degree issued by the University of Cape Town.

If you would like more information on fees for this programme, click here.

uct gsb CEMS MIM Overview

Learn more about the annual term dates for the UCT GSB CEMS MIM programme.

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The UCT GSB CEMS MIM takes place over an 18 month period. Explore the programme format and delivery.

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Learn more about which attributes and qualifications are required for the UCT GSB CEMS MIM

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A step-by-step guide on how to apply for the UCT GSB CEMS MIM programme

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TThe UCT GSB CEMS MIM comprises core courses, electives, an internship and a dissertation.

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The UCT GSB is committed to broadening access to postgraduate education through funding and scholarship opportunities. Explore funding options available to Masters programme candidates.

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Successful candidates will be awarded both the Master in International Management qualification issued by CEMS and the Master of Management degree Specialising in International Management issued by the University of Cape Town.



of graduates are employed or continuing their studies


have worked outside of their home country


work for multinational organisations


members of the global alumni network


A 2019 CEMS graduate survey showed that:

96% of graduates are employed or continuing their studies

92% have worked in two or more countries 75% work for multinational companies       

Yes. A place on the programme must be confirmed before a study permit application can be considered by the South African Department of Home Affairs. International applicants should be aware that obtaining study permits from the South African authorities can take approximately two months.

The UCT GSB's Breakwater Campus is situated in the heart of Cape Town's most popular tourist attraction, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Centrally located and easily accessed, the UCT GSB is just 1.5km away from the central business district and 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.

As an added benefit to studying at the UCT GSB, you'll be situated in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Click here to see what Cape town has to offer.

For the portion of the degree that you attend at the UCT GSB, students need to arrange their own accommodation. Student accommodation is offered in the Protea Breakwater Lodge, on the UCT GSB campus, at special rates on either a monthly or half-yearly basis.

Faculty: Annika Surmeier



Dr Annika Surmeier is a Senior Lecturer and the Academic Director of the CEMS Master of Management Specialising in International Management (MIM) programme at the UCT GSB. Her teaching and research investigate how actors can drive social innovation in value chains and tackle societal concerns in the global economy. She focuses on the strategies of (social) entrepreneurs, corporate and intermediary organisations in different sectors.

Her previous work in higher education includes academic roles at Marburg University, Germany and at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, UK. Additionally, she worked as the Director of the social business incubator “Social Impact Lab” in Stuttgart, Germany. Her areas of expertise include value chain analysis, innovation studies, organisation theory, sustainable tourism research and qualitative research methods. Annika has empirical research experience in Germany, UK, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa.



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