MSc International Business

Ranked 1st worldwide for International Business

Financial Times Masters in Management 2014

Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
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.

Sneha explains why she came from India to study at Leeds and how the course is helping her develop new skills.

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

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 2016 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.

A picture of Elizabeth Bailey

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.

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Applying and entry requirements

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.


Read more about how to apply. Applications for 2016 will be processed from 1st October.

Fees and scholarships


UK/EU - £10,000

International - £21,000

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
Exterior of the Maurice Keyworth building, Leeds University Business School

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.

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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