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This specialist Master’s programme examines in depth critical issues in international business economics, together with the complexities of and challenges facing today’s world markets.

We focus on practical economic analysis, policy formulation and market efficiency in a real-world context, bringing you up-to-speed with challenges facing modern businesses through guest speakers, industry visits, case studies and internship opportunities. Emphasis is given to developing quantitative skills to evaluate outcomes of economic policies and interventions, making evidence-based decisions. 

Our experienced teaching staff aim to share their professional or research expertise, having worked for organisations such as the Financial Service Authority, run national training courses for the Economics Network and published in leading journals, including International Journal of Economics and Business Research. You can also benefit from industry-standard facilities, including the largest academic trading floor in Europe.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Course information

The primary purpose of this course is to try and equip you with the practical experience, skills and knowledge to apply advanced economics principles and mathematics to support decision making – at a global, national or individual firm level.

We adopt a holistic approach, exploring the synergies between economic theory, management practice, international business and finance.

Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to encounter real-life scenarios. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to use managerial economics tools to solve actual economic problems – from determining optimal pricing strategies to evaluating mergers and take-overs, among others. 

Course content is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments in economics, the world economy and the needs of private and public sectors. For example, we have recently examined the topic on why corporate CEO pay is so high.

We have links with the Government Economic Service, the Bank of England, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Lloyds TSB, Barclays and the European Commission, many of whom have provided guest lecturers to our students.

Why choose this course?

Aimed at those seeking managerial careers in finance, management or international business, the MSc International Business Economics will suit students from either an economics or more general background who wish to develop their knowledge of business economics, international economics and finance. We will give you an insight into the way institutions and business practices operate in an international context.

A distinct advantage of this course comes from our links with the Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which have informed curriculum design and delivery. Several staff have received research grants to analyse the impact of various teaching and learning activities on the study of microeconomics and economics threshold concepts, presenting their findings nationally.

We aim to provide a solid grounding in the economic theory that explains business behaviour and operations both at the level of the firm and within the global macroeconomy. Gaining hands-on experience of market-leading economics and business software packages, from Stata to Bloomberg, you should also learn to critically apply economic tools to various management problems associated with international business decision making. For example, Principle-Agent model has been applied to study widespread banking failure during the 2007 financial crisis.

Your teaching will be research-informed by staff with an international reputation for research in the areas of applied economics and finance areas, such as international business, monetary union, development economics, financial economics, financial regulation, financial derivatives and emerging markets. In the most recent national research assessment exercise, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 85% of the School’s ‘Business and Management’ research was recognised internationally, of which 13% received the highest ‘world-leading’ classification.

How you'll be taught

This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years. You can start in January, May or September.

As well as traditional teaching and learning methods, such as lectures, workshops and seminars, specific subjects adopt a mix of experimental approaches to facilitate richer deeper learning. Furthermore, your dissertation supervisor will provide guidance on your research project. 

We use numerous case studies, empirical applications, advanced statistical and analytical software and data sources to expose you to real-world problems and techniques that we believe that you would be likely to l encounter in your future workplace..

Many of our teaching staff are research active and aim to disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, fostering debate and discussion. For example, recent cohorts have had the opportunity to make use of lecturers’ research outputs in their seminar discussions and drawn case studies for use in their workshops from research outputs of staff on the programme.

You will have the opportunity to participate in range of field trips and industry visits, at home and abroad, with recent excursions to Manchester United and Jaguar Land Rover in the UK (additional costs may apply).

Career prospects

Upon successful completion, you should be well informed to face the challenges of managers working in international financial and business markets in the 21st century.

You could work as an economist, analyst or consultant for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), such as the World Bank or International Monetary Fund (IMF), or private companies and public sector organisations. Typical roles include becoming a financial analyst, bond trader, policy analyst, bank examiner, research analyst, actuary or market research consultant.

The nature of specialist knowledge, technical, analytical and transferrable skills developed during the programme, and the opportunity to align your dissertation to match specific career aspirations will produce highly employable experts in economic analysis with working understanding of concepts applicable to various institutions and fields.

Many of our graduates have found employment positions after graduation. Alternatively, if you wish to pursue research at PhD level, it can provide an excellent stepping stone into a research career.


Visit the International Business Economics - MSc page on the Coventry University website for more details!

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