1st in the world for International Business, Financial Times Masters in Management 2014

MSc International Business

Ranked 1st  in the world for International Business (teaching and research) by the Financial Times Masters in Management 2014 and accredited by the Institute of Export, this Masters prepares you for a world where business is global.

You will gain the essential skills to conduct business in a global context, and have a range opportunities for professional and practical development.

Our MSc International Business was described as a "world leading MSc programme" by the AMBA re-accreditation team when they accredited the course for another five years in December 2012.

This Masters features the latest thinking and developments in international strategy, as well as emerging issues in international business such as the rise of emerging market multinationals and global innovation.  Our assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.

Teaching is informed by the latest research of our Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL) - the world's leading research centre in International Business. You will also gain strong hands-on, analytical and problem solving skills, relevant to a wide range of careers.


Key Features

A research-informed, globally recognised and industry-accredited Masters programme designed to enhance your employability skills

A consultancy style company project is an optional replacement for the traditional Masters dissertation, which will enable you to put theory into practice and gain some valuable work experience alongside your studies.

Opportunities to take part in internships with British firms - We are constantly developing partnerships with local British businesses who would like to identify competent International Business professionals to work with them through dissertation-based research or their internship schemes.       

Business plan competitions - At the end of the programme you will have the opportunity to put your learning into practice, either by assessing the feasibility of a new business idea and designing the strategic plan of your new venture or by exploring strategic options for an existing organisation and defending your thinking to a panel of experts and professionals.  The competition takes place over a full week towards the end of the programme.

Leadership development can be pursued through our student community programme by taking on the position of a student representative, social events coordinator and other roles that will provide you with opportunities to lead projects, organise activities and manage others.

Our MSc International Business has also received industry recognition through the Institute of Export and International Trade, through which you can benefit from exemptions and attain a professional qualification to supplement your Masters degree.  As a student you will also receive free membership to the IOE for one year, providing access to a database of jobs and networking opportunities. 


iPad Course Delivery

The integration of iPads into the course modernises the learning environment. Moving away from 'paper-based' learning, this method of teaching will help you make the most of your studies and become a more professional individual.

iPads are integrated into course delivery and assessment. The device allows you to access unrivaled business coverage and insightful electronic resources, helping you make sense of the fast-changing international business landscape.

Study Abroad on the Masters Beyond Borders scheme, part of our MSc International Business

What is Masters Beyond Borders?
Students who have formally started their study on MSc International Business have the exclusive opportunity to apply for our extended programme, MSc International Business (Study Abroad). This allows successful students to study for an extra semester outside of the UK at one of our top-rated partner business schools. Students accepted onto the scheme will graduate with the degree title MSc International Business (Study Abroad).

When is the semester abroad and where can I study?
The study abroad period starts either in the summer, or in September after completion of studies, depending on the partner institution. We have a range of partner institutions, all highly rated business schools, located across the world. We are constantly developing new postgraduate exchange partnerships with the world’s best academic institutions, and so the destinations available may differ each year. Our current partners include:

Will it cost me anything?
We will cover the cost of tuition at the partner institution. There is an additional academic fee to cover the extended period of study, plus personal costs such as visa, accommodation and travel. Support is provided to help with these personal arrangements.

How can I apply?
During the second semester, students on MSc International Business will be invited to apply for the Masters Beyond Borders scheme. Places are limited and highly sought after and are allocated through a rigorous selection process based on grades, attendance, motivation and general performance.

What do students say about the experience?

Ettore Bassignani, Beyond Borders student in 2014

The main transferable skills [I have gained], all of which will help me both in my future career as a consultant and in my personal life, are: sales and marketing knowledge; presentation and communication skills; working under pressure, in a consultancy firm-like environment; built a great network of friends from Spain to Finland to the USA; and also improved my Spanish language abilities.”

 Ettore Bassignani, Beyond Borders student, 2014
studied at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain

Tilman Kieschke

You will meet extraordinary people everywhere in the world, but Shanghai acts like magnet for them. Living here will give you valuable contacts and more important: unique ideas. Learning from makers, leaders and artists and seeing how the Asian economy works will help you to see business in a different light.”

Tilman Kieschke, Beyond Borders student in 2014,
studied at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai


Careers and professional development

Map out a successful career with tailored support for your Professional Development

On the MSc International Business programme you will be supported bya dedicated Professional Development Tutor with industry experience, who works in partnership with academic staff on the programme to help you translate theory into practice and develop your interpersonal and professional business skills.

The use of professional development tutors is a distinctive and unique feature of the school"

AMBA reaccreditation team, December 2012

Elizabeth Bailey will be your Professional Development Tutor on the MSc International Business.  Elizabeth joined the Business School after a number of years in industry as a learning and development consultant. Her experience spans public, private and third party sector organisations and she has provided training and consultancy to a number of clients including American Express, First Direct (HSBC), Citibank, E.ON, AutoglassDLA Piper and Royal Assurance among others.

She will help you develop the practical, personal and professional skills you will need to succeed on the programme and beyond as you take the first steps on the career ladder.  Her aim is to help you make the connections between what you learn on the programme and how you can apply it practically in the workplace in an international context.  Elizabeth also develops and manages relationships with international employers and alumni in order to provide tailored employability support.

Elizabeth contributes to a very interactive Professional Research Skills module where the emphasis is on helping you develop transferrable skills which will greatly enhance your employability by the end of your academic studies.

In addition to working with world leading research academics you can expect individualised professional development plans, support and guidance on career choices, assistance in identifying and applying for jobs, coaching on interpersonal skills and exposure to international business practitioners.

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Student Profiles

I have challenged myself to enrich my experience and understanding of enterprise through attending guest lectures, selecting elective modules in creativity and innovation, partaking in start-up workshops and meeting likeminded people through the enterprise society." - Hugo Tsagliotis

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As a Chinese student I didn't experience any difficulties on the programme. Every module leader is very supportive and always willing to help. Also, the integration of iPads has been an amazing feature of the course." - Yimin Wang

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Having graduated in Journalism I can say that the teaching method is well suited to people who don't have a business background, as you learn the basics and gradually build from that." - Natalie Tuck

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Why I chose Leeds University Business School - Postgraduate International Business student view.
Length Of Course 12 Months
Mode Of Delivery Full-Time
Start Date September
Optional Exchange Programme During the summer, or September-December

Career Direction

Career opportunities for international business graduates are vast: multinational organisations favour employees who have the ability to operate comfortably in different markets. Past students have gone on to work as analysts in world leading consultancy firms, product/country managers, where others have sought to internationalise their own business.

Our Alumni Employment Data

Despite challenging economic conditions worldwide our MSc International Business alumni stand out from the crowd:

  • Today, 96% of all our alumni are in full time employment
  • 81% of those who graduated in December 2012 were in full time employment three months after graduation
  • 98% of our 2010 graduates are in full time employment
MSc International Business graduate career destinations, 2013

Career Destination

So what type of careers does our MSc International Business lead to?  Our 2013 Career Destinations survey confirms the wide range of careers alumni have gone into – most industries are represented, and within these industries most functions are represented too, from HR to Marketing and from Logistics to Consultancy. 

  • Roles that are most frequently performed by former students of the programme include those of Analyst, Consultant, Buyer/Purchaser, Product/Country Manager, Account Manager, Business Development Manager.
  • A non-insignificant proportion of our alumni work in their own family business or started their own company having graduated from us. 

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

By the end of the programme you will know how to formulate your own international and strategic business plans and appreciate the factors that drive firm performance in the global economy, identify the motives and means of servicing foreign markets, acquire and refine skills to address controversial issues in international business, and appreciate how the rise of emerging economies affect businesses and their international strategies.

Compulsory Modules Optional Modules Compulsory Modules Optional Modules
(Semester One) (Semester One - choose one) (Semester Two) (Semester Two - choose one)
Cross Cultural Management European Business Cross Cultural Management (continued from semester 1) Business Ethics
Economics of Business I Globalization of Innovation Foreign Market Entry Strategy Chinese Business
International Business Theory Global Perspectives on Enterprise International Strategic Management Managing and Exploiting Intellectual Capital
Professional Skills for International Business * The Economics of China Professional Skills for International Business * (continued from semester 1) The Emerging Markets
Quantitative Methods for International Business   Research Methods for International Business *  
Debates and Controversies in International Business   Compulsory Dissertation (Semester Three):
Dissertation or Project

* Professional Skills for International Business

This module, designed closely with international business practitioners, equips you with essential skills for a successful career in international business.

* Research Methods for International Business

This module will help you to develop the abilities to source and organise information, apply theory to practice, acquire key academic skills, design a research project and write a research proposal.

We constantly review the content of our degrees, therefore some modules may change.

Qualification requirements

  • You should have a good first degree (2:1 or higher) and an interest in the subject. Prior experience or qualifications in this area are not required.
  • If you are not from the UK please visit equivalent qualifications to find out about entry requirements from non-UK countries.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you need to attain a recognised English language qualification e.g. IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with a score of 6 or more in each section.

2015 MSc International Business
UK/EU: £9,500
International: £19,000

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We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

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Sumit Rathour

In addition to the more formal aspects of the course, I learned ways of

improving my communication skills and networking, which are both

essential for anyone setting up and sustaining a new business."