- Start date:
- September 2015
- 12 Months
- Mode of study:
- Entry requirements:
- A bachelor degree with 2:1 or above in a relevant subject. Full entry requirements
- Language requirements:
- IELTS: 6.5 overall with 6.0 or more in all components. Full language requirements.
- UK/ EU fees:
- International fees:
- Study Abroad Opportunity:
- Course overview
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.
This industry-accredited Masters gives you the essential skills to conduct business in a global context, and provides a range opportunities for professional and practical development.
The course 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.
By the end of this Masters 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. You will learn how to identify the motives and means of servicing foreign markets, address controversial issues in international business, and appreciate how the rise of emerging economies affect businesses and their international strategies.
With our strong corporate links you will have opportunities to participate in work-based research and consultancy projects in the UK and overseas. Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You gain strong hands-on, analytical and problem solving skills, relevant to a wide range of careers.
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.
- 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 course 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 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.
- Course content
- Cross Cultural Management
- Debates and Controversies in International Business
- Economics of Business
- Foreign Market Entry Strategy
- International Business Theory
- International Strategic Management
- Professional Skills for International Business
- Quantitative Methods for International Business
- Research Methods for International Business
Compulsory Research Dissertation or Project
- International Business Dissertation
For detailed module descriptions, credit and assessment information please check the University Programme Catalogue. This shows what students are currently studying on this programme and provides indicative course content for 2015 entry.
We constantly review the content of our degrees, therefore some modules may change.
- 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 work as analysts in world leading consultancy firms, product/country managers, or have sought to internationalise their own business.
- Graduate career destinations
Despite challenging economic conditions worldwide, alumni from the MSc International Business are standing out from the crowd:
- Today, 96% of 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
The results of our latest Career Destinations survey confirm the wide range of roles our alumni are working in Most industries are represented, alongside most business functions within them, including HR, marketing, logistics and consultancy.
Roles most frequently performed by graduates include those of Analyst, Consultant, Buyer/Purchaser, Product/Country Manager, Account Manager and Business Development Manager.
A significant proportion of our alumni area also working in a family business or have started their own company.
- Support for your professional development
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 is an experienced consultant in learning and development. She brings expertise from public, private and third sector organisations, where she provided training and consultancy to clients including American Express, First Direct (HSBC), Citibank, E.ON and Autoglass.
Elizabeth will help you develop the practical, personal and professional skills you will need to succeed in your studies and beyond, as you take the first steps on the career ladder. Through specialist modules and one-to-one sessions, she helps you make connections between what you learn on the course and how to apply it in the workplace.
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.
- Applying and entry 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 see our international 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. View our English language requirements.
You can apply online now for 2015 entry.
- Fees and scholarships
UK/EU - £9,500
International - £19,000
View full information on fees.
We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this Masters 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.
- 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.
- Study abroad opportunity
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.
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:
- IE Business School (Madrid, Spain)
- Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China)
- ESSCA, École de Management (Angers, France)
- Mannheim Business School (Mannheim, Germany)
- Copenhagen Business School (Copenhagen, Denmark).
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 their experience?
Tilman Kieschke, studied at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China in 2014
"You will meet extraordinary people everywhere in the world, but Shanghai acts like a 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.”
Ettore Bassignani, studied at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain 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 and working under pressure in a consultancy-like environment. I have also built a great network of friends from Spain to Finland to the USA and also improved my Spanish language abilities.”
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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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There was simply nothing which I did not find at its best... I learned ways of improving my communication skills and networking, both essential for setting up and sustaining a new business.Sumit Rathour, India
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I really enjoyed working [with] so many different nationalities... it brought an international dimension to the course. You learn about new cultures, important in today’s globalised world.Hugo Tsagliotis, Greece
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