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International Business, MSc

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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MScFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 14000 per totalGBP 25500 per total

About International Business, MSc - at University of Leeds

This industry-accredited Masters prepares you to conduct business in a global context.

Our cutting-edge research will feed into your learning, allowing you to consider the latest critical thinking and emerging issues in international business, such as the rise of emerging market multinationals and global innovation.

You'll identify the motives and means of servicing foreign markets, address controversial issues in international business, formulate your own international and strategic business plans and appreciate the factors that drive performance in the global economy. In addition, you'll explore how the rise of emerging economies affects businesses and their international strategies.

Our strong corporate links provide opportunities for practical development, including work-based research and consultancy projects in the UK and overseas. You'll gain hands-on, analytical and problem solving skills relevant to a wide range of careers.

Academic excellence

Teaching on the course is informed by our leading research expertise and specialist knowledge in international business, providing you with the latest thinking and developments in international strategy.

The Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL) is recognised as the world's leading research centre for international business. We unite leading global experts and work alongside major private companies and public sector bodies.

Our research identifies the latest critical understanding and trends in the fast-changing global landscape, giving you access to cutting-edge knowledge as it unfolds.

We are proud to have been placed 3rd in the world and 1st in the UK in the International Business category of the Financial Times Masters in Management rankings 2017.

Accreditation

MSc International Business is accredited by the Institute of Export (IOE), the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade. Students receive IOE membership for one year, providing access to a database of networking and job opportunities.

The course is also accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), who named this “a world-leading programme”. AMBA accreditation recognises the high quality levels of teaching at Leeds in line with their independent standards.

  • Course content

    The course starts with an intensive two-week induction to introduce you to the methods of teaching, course content and relationship between the course and your career aspirations.

    From there, you'll build your knowledge of international business theory and improve your confidence using quantitative methods. You'll gain a good grounding in economics for business and think about important debates in international business, such as those around intellectual property, labour issues and sustainability.

    You'll explore topics such as strategic management and entering foreign markets. At the same time, you'll build research skills and learn about the different methodologies used to research international business.

    Throughout the year you'll take core modules which develop your professional skills for the workplace and prepare you for the challenges of managing organisations and individuals across different cultural contexts. You'll also select optional modules on topics that suit your interests or career plans, from business ethics to intellectual capital.

    By the end of the course, you'll submit an independent project. You can either research a topic in-depth and submit a dissertation, or gain practical experience through a consultancy-style project working with an external organisation.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    You'll study ten compulsory modules including your dissertation.

    • Globalization of Innovation 15 credits
    • Economics for Business 1 15 credits
    • International Strategic Management 15 credits
    • Debates and Controversies in International Business 10 credits
    • Cross Cultural Management 10 credits
    • International Business Theory 15 credits
    • Quantitative Methods for International Business 15 credits
    • Professional Skills for International Business 10 credits
    • Research Methods for International Business 15 credits
    • International Business Dissertation 30 credits

    Optional modules

    You'll also take two optional modules, normally one in each of the two teaching semesters.

    • Foreign Market Entry Strategy 15 credits
    • Managing and Exploiting Intellectual Capital 15 credits
    • The Emerging Markets 15 credits
    • European Business 15 credits
    • Chinese Business 15 credits
    • Global Perspectives on Enterprise 15 credits
    • The Economics of China and India 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read International Business MSc in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    Many of our academics are experts in their fields, and their up-to-date research informs teaching on the course. We use a range of teaching methods so you can benefit from their expertise including lectures, workshops, seminars, simulations and tutorials. Company case studies, projects and business plan competitions provide an opportunity to put your learning into practice.

    Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

    Assessment

    Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.

    They include formal exams, group projects, simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs. Optional modules may also use other assessment methods, depending on what you choose.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject. You should also have an interest in the subject, although you don't need any prior experience or qualifications in this area.

    International qualifications

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
      or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

    How to apply

    Application deadlines

    UK/EU: 31 August 2018

    International: applications received before 31 March 2018 will receive equal consideration. Applications made after 31 March 2018 will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June 2018. Should capacity be reached we reserve the right to close any course to new applications before the latest possible application date of 30 June 2018.

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
     
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Documents and information you need

    • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you're still studying
    • Two academic references
    • A personal statement
    • An up-to-date CV
    • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
    • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: £14,000 (total)

    International: £25,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

    We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

    There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible to apply for, including:

    • Masters in International Business International Excellence Scholarship
    • Masters in International Business UK/EU Excellence Scholarship
    • Dean's Excellence Scholarship (UK/EU and International)
    • Leeds Alumni Bursary and Excellence Scholarship

    Read more about Business School scholarships.

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities for international business graduates are vast. Multinational organisations particularly favour employees who have the ability to work confidently across, and within, a range of different markets.

    Previous graduates of this course have gone on to diverse careers in top firms worldwide, including as business analysts, country managers, product managers, trading executives, buyers, business development managers and roles in financial services. Others have sought to internationalise their own family business.

    The MSc International Business also offers an excellent grounding for academic studies at PhD level.

    Careers support

    Throughout the course you will be supported by a dedicated Professional Development Tutor. They work in partnership with our academics to help you translate theory into practice and develop your interpersonal and professional business skills.

    They contribute to an interactive Professional Skills module, helping you develop the transferable skills that will greatly enhance your employability. They also develop and manage relationships with international employers and alumni, to provide you with tailored support for your career.

    You can expect support to produce your own professional development plan, guidance on career choices, assistance in identifying and applying for jobs, coaching on interpersonal skills and exposure to international business practitioners.

    Read more about our careers and professional development support.

    The University Careers Centre will also provide help and advice, even after you graduate.

  • Related courses

    Global Supply Chain Management MSc
    International Marketing Management MSc
    Management MSc
    Global Strategy and Innovation Management MSc

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)

Language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

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