Our IBEM MSc will develop your understanding of emerging markets and how businesses can benefit from the globalisation of the world's economy. Working with your peers on various group projects, you will gather a practical understanding of the complexities involved in doing business with emerging markets.
IBEM Programme Structure
An overview of the MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets programme structure, including course information for semester 1 and semester 2.
This programme runs for one academic year, starting in mid-September and ending in August. At the start of the programme, you study compulsory courses, which are undertaken in semester one. These are the foundation upon which the whole MSc is built and ensure a common basis of knowledge across the different areas.
A comprehensive Welcome Week provides an introduction to the programme, the School, and the University. Designed to be both informative and fun, it enables you to get acquainted with your classmates.
Through the selection of various option courses, you can tailor your studies towards your career interests.
Finally, your MSc dissertation brings all of the year's learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.
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 2019/20.
Option Courses (Choose 1*)
Option Courses (Choose 2*)
Dissertation (MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets)
Details of the Dissertation
*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.
International Business and Emerging Markets Degree Programme Table
Expand Your Skills
Graduates from the University of Edinburgh are highly sought after globally. Our dedicated Student Development Team within the Business School will be an integral part of your student experience from day one. We are here to help you become equipped to maximise your potential in the global market.
Support for Masters Students
Learn about the support our Student Development Team can offer.
The MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets provides a unique opportunity for students who, with diverse educational backgrounds and working experience, want to pursue careers in the broad arena of international business, especially relating to emerging markets.
The programme may also be suitable for students from emerging economies who wish to bring themselves up to speed with contemporary thinking in corporate strategy. This could include technology and financial management, business economics, and public policies dealing with pressing issues relating to development in general.
The programme could lead to a multitude of roles, including:
- Business Consultant
- Corporate Manager
- Human Resources
- Investment Banking
- Project Management
- Sales and Distribution
The success of our programmes within the management portfolio is reflected in the career destinations of our graduates.Career Outcomes of Past Students
Student Development Team
The Student Development Team will be an integral part of your student experience from day one.
In your first semester you can benefit from a series of professional development sessions - run by the Student Development Team - that cover a range of topics including:
- Team working
- Job search strategies
- Presentation skills
- Self awareness
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For specific and tailored career advice and coaching you can book 1-to-1 sessions with a member of the Student Development Team to discuss:
- CV and application advice
- LinkedIn profile reviews
- Careers guidance
- Interview or assessment centre practice
For general enquiries please email the Student Development Team.
All our MSc programmes have various built-in opportunities to engage with companies; an important step in your skills development and the expansion of your corporate network. Examples of programme-specific opportunities include:
- Group Consultancy Projects
- Guest Lecturers
- Company Sponsored Dissertations
- Career Lounges
We aim to provide our students with interaction across a wide range of businesses, gaining valuable insight into their operations, advice from their key decision makers as well as the opportunity to work on 'real life' projects proposed by our industry partners.
More on Industry Opportunities
Edinburgh Award for Professional Development
As part of your MSc programme you will have the opportunity to further enhance your employability credentials by taking part in the Edinburgh Award.
By proactively working on your own development, you can gain official recognition through the Edinburgh Award for professional development. As well as receiving an official certificate from the University, the achievement will be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
Participants are offered individual coaching sessions; peer support networks; a 'buddy system' and masterclasses on topics such as leadership and advanced communication.
The Student Development Team is on hand to help you build your confidence and networking skills. By involving our alumni and network of corporate contacts, we are able to ensure that the activities are industry-relevant and give you the opportunity to build your own professional and global networks.
In addition to the Student Development team, there are a number of other services and societies across the university which may help with your professional development, such as:
Got Questions? Get in Touch
Student Development Manager
+44(0)131 651 5973
Engagement with Industry
On the MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets you will have the opportunity to work with industry and business professionals in a variety of ways, such as through group consultancy projects, guest lectures, and career exploration treks.
Investment Management Consultancy Project
Our students share their experience of working with a client for their investment management consultancy project.
Group Consultancy Projects
During your MSc you may elect for a course which involves a consultancy project; this involves working closely with companies or businesses as part of a team to assist with a real-life active project.
In most cases, the client will ask you to write a report which you will research and develop during the taught component of the course. Furthermore, there is likely to be an opportunity to present your findings back to the business.
Topics range from broad, strategic issues to more specialised business matters. Your group will have to work together to produce clear and practical recommendations while meeting deadlines.
Recent projects have supported:
- Scottish Businesses entering China, India and Latin America
- Early stage Colombian companies looking to internationalise
Throughout the year, the School gives students the opportunity to engage with industry and business professionals in their own environments.
- Developing your knowledge of an industry, sector, or geographical location in order to make the best career choices
- Getting a feel for the culture, people, and values of particular companies
- Building your network of industry professionals and alumni
We run different types of treks:
- Local Treks: involve visiting organisations in and around the Edinburgh area
- Industry Treks: take place over the course of two or three days and are designed to give insight to a particular industry through visiting a series of related organisations, typically in a location away from Edinburgh
- Thematic Treks: generally programme-specific and focus on issues surrounding employability and the main learning outcome of your programme.
More on the Dublin 2018 Trek
Past trek locations attended by our IBEM students have included Dublin and Colombia, and local trek visits have included RBS, Standard Life, Standard Life Investment, J&J, AG Barr and Baillie Gifford.
More on the Colombia 2017 Trek
Many IBEM students also choose to undertake international fieldwork for their dissertations and various funding opportunities are available. Recent students have secured funding for research in Austria, Chile, Cuba, Kenya and Malawi, among others.
Within modules of the IBEM programme our academic team bring in senior figures from relevant international organisations to talk about specific subject matter and its application to real world working challenges.
These lectures are followed by the opportunity to network further with the speaker and gain valuable career insight and advice from experienced professionals.
Organisations represented in the past include:
- CDC Group
- Johnson & Johnson
- Leapfrog Investment
Got Questions? Get in Touch
Student Development Manager
+44(0)131 651 5973