The MSc Business Economics / International Business Economics is for students who want to apply economics to real-world issues. From transfer pricing, to the complexity of financial markets and the pros and cons of EU membership, you will need to be strong at statistics and quantitative methods to get to grips with the material that makes up the core modules. The MSc is designed to give you the tools to apply your knowledge, so we expect you to be downloading the free FT app and getting on top of current issues from the second you start.
On the MSc Business Economics / International Business Economics you won’t be deriving equations. Instead, we use them to apply economics to current business issues.
The programme has been designed to equip students with a wealth of resources combining data banks from City’s Cass Business School and School of Arts and Social Sciences. This means you have access to everything from Datastream, Bloomberg and Bankscope, to Morning Star and Orbis.
MSc Business Economics / International Business Economics maximises City’s central London location. With high-profile guest lecturers such as Jim O’Neill, former Chief Economist from Goldman Sachs, you gain insight straight from the City studying in the heart of "the world's biggest financial centre" (Economist, 2012.)
The course is taught through a series of lectures (which are also available as online resources), seminars, student presentations and interactive group work. Computer laboratory teaching gives you practical experience using software packages to develop statistical and econometric skills that are formatively assessed by computer-based exercises.
You also undertake a research project or economics literature survey on a subject that is of interest to you. This must cover a current topic that is within the remit of Business Economics or International Business Economics.
Pre-sessional activities covering statistics, mathematics, and Stata run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc International Business Economics and MSc Business Economics courses. Pre-sessionals are included in your degree fee and are designed to prepare you for the course. We therefore strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend. Dates of the sessions for 2018 are TBC.
You are assessed by coursework and examination. Your overall degree result is based on your performance in the taught modules and the dissertation.
The core content is covered in the first term, making this a programme with a lot of choice. There is an economics and econometrics focus, but you also can study topics including the economics of micro-finance, e-commerce, asset pricing and the history of economic thought.
If you choose to study MSc International Business Economics you will need to study the International Business Economics elective in the second term, and your research project has to cover more than one country. So, for example, you could not focus on a single-country subject such as privatisation in the UK.
When it comes to employer recognition, City is well established. City has become synonymous with quality and the Government Economic Service regularly recruits postgraduate students from this programme. There is also a range of career service events across the School of Arts and Social Sciences and Cass Business School, which you can attend throughout the programme.
Our graduates include Yuliya Bashmakov, Senior Gas Control Scheduler for ExxonMobil and Youssef Intabli who is now working as an account manager at Bloomberg.
Some of our graduates also choose to study an Economics PhD programme. Find out more about our Economics research degrees.
Upon completing the Master of Science in Business Economics, you will be able to apply scientific frameworks independently and critically, allowing you to evolve continuously in a dynamic society. By combining this programme with initial specialisations from your bachelor's programme, you will develop deeper insight into a broad range of fields. The programme is structured around the choice of a major and minor discipline, which allows you to fine-tune your personal graduation profile, and to apply research- and evidence based management practices and tools in various domains. You will gain expertise in selecting best practices in management in today’s volatile, complex and ambiguous business environments. The programme equips you for both entrepreneurship and start-up management as well as for management and strategic decision making in established organisations.
KU Leuven occupies a leading position in management and economic research and is highly ranked by the European Economic Association. Top-level research and education complement and strengthen each other. The Faculty of Economics and Business Alumni Association includes many leaders of industry, ensuring excellent career opportunities for our graduates.
The Faculty of Economics and Business has close links with top business schools around the world, such as Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, University of Cardiff in the UK, Hanken in Finland, SKEMA Business School in France, the University of Illinois in the United States, the University of Sydney and the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Canada, Tsinghua and Fudan University in China, PUC in Brazil, City University of Hong Kong and many more institutions both in Europe and overseas.
For students MSc in Business Economics, the faculty offers an additional semester at one of these destinations after completing 2 semesters in Leuven. Make your experience truly international by studying in different parts of the world.
You have an entrepreneurial personality with broad socio-economic interests. You are fascinated by the business world and would like to pursue a management career in strategy, international business or finance.
To start this programme, students need a solid background in economics or business economics. They should have acquired the basic conceptual frameworks of diverse areas in business economics and have a sufficiently broad view on the general economic and social contexts in which business operates as well as on the human networks within these organisations.
Specifically, students need:
Building on previously acquired general economic knowledge and insights in business, the student is taught to judge complex business structures and propose creative solutions independently or in a team. He develops the skills to take on a management function in a company, he learns to fit decisions in with the whole structure of a company and assess strategic consequences for other departments of the company. He has a lot of specialised knowledge, but is also very versatile.
The programme consists of a compulsory part, a major and a minor and a Master's Thesis.
Graduates generally take up managerial and/or research positions in business, national and international institutions, and in managerial functions at universities. Given the variety of skills acquired, you will be highly sought-after by a wide range of companies (from small firms to multinational corporations) in a variety of positions and sectors in Belgium or abroad.
You can pursue a career as:
This is only a small selection of the many options available to you.
The three pathways are:
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Our programmes give both a deep understanding of the specific subject matter and a range of transferable skills that can be utilised in a wide variety of future careers. They provide specialist expertise in economic analysis, preparing you for challenging roles. We have a strong commitment to employability and our graduates are successful in obtaining jobs after university, in the public as well as corporate and third sectors. We want to make sure this continues to be the case in the future.
Our award-winning Careers Centre provides excellent careers advice specifically for postgraduate students. Placement opportunities may also be available, and we have a dedicated School Development Officer to help you progress with your career.
The Master in International Business Economics and Management (MIBEM) is a master program for holders of a degree in a non-business economic or management discipline. It prepares for a career in international business through the acquisition of business economic insights, knowledge and management skills.
The curriculum adopts a practical and business-oriented perspective, but still provides a thorough treatment, based in science, of major international business economic and management issues.
As a master of science program, MIBEM relies on insights from scientific research. Its primary purpose is not to prepare graduates for an academic career, but to foster an attitude of autonomous, critical and informed reflection in the search for solutions to concrete business problems. The program instills an international and business- and management oriented mindset in individuals educated in diverse backgrounds.
Students who have direct access, can follow the one-year Master's programme. Those who have no direct access, must first follow the 30 credits preparatory programme from September till January and start the Master's programme in February. They can finish the programme in January of the following academic year.
The ideal prospective student:
Students with no economics background are first, if necessary, introduced to the basics of economics and management in a 30 ECTS preparatory programme.
After the programme a master:
The MIBEM programme prepares students for management positions in a number of sectors. Obviously, your personal interest and prior education play a major role in your post-graduation path. Our graduates find employment in a broad range of sectors, including purchasing, sales, marketing, production control, planning and budgeting, financial management and ICT. Other graduates go on to a career in banking and insurance, become civil servants, work in one of the European institutions, or set up their own company.
The MSc Business Economics is an integrated course applying economics to the business environment. Designed in consultation with leaders from the business community and public sector organisations, this unique course equips you with the key skills for career development in the ever-changing business world. It also provides a good foundation for those interested in undertaking further study at PhD, DBA or professional development level.
This is a research-orientated course, which is both theoretically grounded and evidence-based. The focus is on analysing, understanding and explaining business performance in a competitive environment.
This innovative course aims to develop your skills for employment as a business or strategic analyst as well as providing foundations for undertaking further study. The focus of the course is on increasing your understanding of the reasons underlying firm performance and competitiveness. Experience at writing a business economics report is a significant feature of the course as it develops research skills and strengthens presentation skills, which are highly rated by employers. Strong emphasis is placed on employment and career search through workshops on interview techniques, skills analysis, CV presentation and job applications.
The quality of the course can be gauged from the fact that in both 2010 and 2011, an MSc Business Economics student won the Accenture Leader of Tomorrow Award. The Accenture award is open to all final-year and postgraduate students from across Ireland, and aims to identify innovative and entrepreneurial young talent in order to foster Ireland’s next generation of leaders.
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
The course consists of approximately 12 hours of lectures/workshops a week, excluding visiting speaker seminars and time that you must set aside for group work and assignment preparation.
It culminates in the writing of a business economic report, an application of concepts and frameworks to an actual business situation — the key is translating learning into practice. An external business advisor provides guidance and advice to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of skills developed during the course.
The MSc in International Business Economics enables you to study a combination of business and economic subjects. You will develop the ability to understand causal relationships between various economic variables, critically evaluate the strategic decision-making process in business, and have an insight into global business policy issues.
This course aims to provide you with the quantitative and economic analysis skills to understand underlying economic principles and gain insight into the way institutions and business practices operate in an international context.
There are excellent employment prospects for economists with these skills in business and finance, government agencies and management consultancy.
This MSc is based on the completion of compulsory modules and a range of optional modules. The choice is made in consultation with the Programme Director and in accordance with the rules laid down for the award.
Please see the course structure chart for more information.
You should choose one of the following three alternative options:
Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. Some modules include group work and teamwork activities.
Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations.
Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments but there is some assessed group work.
We're investing over £30m to create a modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Oxford Brookes Business School.
Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:
Our library provides specialist business resources (both hard copy and via online access) to UK and overseas companies' annual reports, statistics on all aspects of business and management, a wide range of constantly updated key texts, and postgraduate MA, MBA, MSc and PhD theses.
We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. It is not linked to university assessments in any way. If you successfully complete this module you will have the following non-credit bearing module recorded on your transcript: P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.
Attendance is compulsory. Modules run from Monday to Friday.
.Our MSc Business Economics and Finance programme will give you a thorough education in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics combined with an understanding of two particular specialty areas.
Firstly, modules in Economics of the Firm and Human Resource Economics examine the importance of business issues in the study of economics, and modern developments in personnel economics.
The second area of specialisation focuses on a combination of the theory of finance and financial econometrics.
The former will give you a thorough grounding in modern finance theory, while the latter is directed towards the principal econometric techniques that are applied to financial data.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a research methods and dissertation module.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
The main aims of the Department’s taught courses are to:
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.
The Comparative Business Economics MA at UCL is focused principally at company-level study and offers the chance to examine: the role of multinationals; corporate governance and finance; privatisation; entrepreneurship, and the determinants of innovation and technological change within the European area.
The programme offers discipline-based training combined with empirical application, drawing on the experience of the 28 nations that have emerged from the former Soviet block in Europe and Asia. Students are equipped with strong foundations in both international business and economics as well as in finance and corporate governance.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), plus a compulsory choice of one of four additional modules (15 credits), a selection of optional modules to the value of 45 credits, and a research dissertation (60 credits).
60 credits of core modules:
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars. Students will be assessed by unseen written examinations, coursework and the research dissertation.
Detailed module information
With their specialist knowledge and language skills, SSEES Master's graduates can be found in business, finance, the media, international agencies, charities, diplomacy, international security organisations, the law, and academia.
Recent career destinations for this degree
The Comparative Business Economics MA prepares our graduates for both further research, and for work in international business, for European and national government institutions, and for developing their own entrepreneurial ventures. Networking is facilitated by two major collaborations led by SSEES: CEELBAS and the International Master's (IMESS). Scholarships, internship opportunities and excellent links with other universities in the region provide further benefits.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
The UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) is a world-leading specialist institution, and the largest national centre in the UK, for the study of central, Eastern and south-east Europe and Russia.
Located in Bloomsbury, SSEES offers an ideal location for scholars. The British Library, British Museum, University of London Library and other similar research centres are all close by.
Our unique specialist library and central London location provide an ideal environment for research, while our close contacts with employers, policymakers and alumni afford excellent opportunities for networking and career development.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: SSEES - School of Slavonic & East European Studies
64% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.