MSc International Business 2016

Ranked 1st in the UK and 3rd worldwide for International Business

Financial Times Masters in Management 2015

Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
International fees:

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.

With our strong corporate links you’ll have a range of 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.

The course is ranked 3rd in the world and 1st in the UK for International Business teaching and research (Financial Times Masters in Management 2015).


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. Graduates will also achieve exemptions from five of the eight modules required to achieve the IOE Diploma in International Trade.

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 programme 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 programme, you’ll also 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.

Compulsory modules
Optional modules
- International Business Dissertation
- Globalisation of Innovation
- Economics for Business
- International Strategic Management
- Debates and Controversies in International Business
- Cross Cultural Management
- International Business Theory
- Quantitative Methods for International Business
- Professional Skills for International Business
- Research Methods for International Business
- Foreign Market Entry Strategy
- Managing and Exploiting Intellectual Capital
- The Emerging Markets
- European Business
- Chinese Business
- The Economics of China
- Global Perspectives on Enterprise

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

Learning and teaching

Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their cutting-edge research informs teaching on the programme. 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 programme allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.


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). 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
  • 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 2016

International: Closed for 2016 entry


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


UK/EU: £10,000

International: £21,000

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

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

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. Find out more about 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.

Elizabeth Bailey is Professional Development Tutor for MSc International Business. Elizabeth contributes to an interactive Professional Skills module, helping you develop the transferable skills that will greatly enhance your employability. Elizabeth also develops and manages relationships with international employers and alumni, to provide you with tailored support for your career.

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.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

Study abroad opportunities

Students who have formally started their study on the course 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 as part of our Masters Beyond Borders scheme. We have a range of partner institutions, all highly rated business schools, located across the world.

Places are limited and highly sought after. Students accepted onto the scheme will graduate with the degree title MSc International Business (Study Abroad).

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The Business School is an extremely competent and respectable institution, where you will be constantly facing new challenges and opportunities to develop your skills and hone your personality traits.

Giovanni Baffetti, Italy
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Working to deadlines really helped me to focus on my workload... the high quality service I received from the University helped me to understand the importance of excellent customer service.

Ilenia Biavati, United Kingdom
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What I liked most about this Masters was the high level of engagement between students and teaching staff, which allowed me to develop my soft skills alongside building a wide network of connections.

Kevin Mochi, Italy
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The MSc International Business has extended my business skills, especially in emerging markets. I now feel prepared to work for a multinational company.

Catherine Rickmann, Germany
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With students from more than 20 different countries, the programme is international in every sense. This experience helped me to grow and enabled me to develop finely-tuned intercultural skills.

Elliot Warburton, United Kingdom
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