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Business today faces considerable challenges - the accelerating pace of economic change, global competition, deregulation, rapid technological innovation and volatile markets. This is your opportunity to become an expert in international business and gain the skills to play a leading role in a company with a global outlook.

We are experts at what we do - we have been teaching business for more than 85 years - and we have a proven track record of helping people graduate with expertise in how businesses with an international focus operate.

You will study the demands of international business and develop your ability to manage cultural diversity in the workforce. We will give you the opportunity to specialise in your own area of interest via module choices, while you will also benefit from learning alongside business students of different cultures and backgrounds from around the world.

You will study the delivery of international business strategies, build your understanding of how enterprises can achieve a competitive advantage in the global market place and improve your decision making.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/internationalbusiness_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


We developed this course to meet the increasing demand, both at home and abroad, for business experts with an international outlook. Our graduates have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers, which include international sales management, supply chain analysis, outsourcing consultation, international marketing and international banking. You will also well prepared to go on to study for a PhD or more professional qualifications.

- International Sales Management
- Supply Chain Analyst
- International Business Development Manager
- Export Manager

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our University has a good international reputation for the quality of its business studies and international business studies programmes. Leeds Business School has met an increasing demand over time both for UK graduates appropriately skilled in the rigours of international business operations, and demand from overseas for the provision of business educational experience in the UK.

Graduates of the programme are well placed to meet and take advantages of these opportunities. Rufei Huang, from Liaoning Province in north-eastern China, graduated in November 2009. She says, "I would definitely recommend MA International Business to other students. It was particularly interesting to work in a group with other international students. I am planning to stay in the UK for a couple of years to gain experience after graduating."

Core Modules

Corporate Strategy
Develop a strategic organisational perspective as well as a basis for progression and application of strategic level skills, competencies, and decision-making capability.

Cross-cultural Human Resource Management
Understand the special characteristics of HRM in Multi-National Corporations, specifically considering convergence and continuing divergence in the structures, policies and practices of different countries.

International Environment of Business
Study the inter-relationships of 'uncontrollable' (macro) environmental factors in international business environments, and examine the impact of these external environments on the international operation of enterprises.

Strategic Management of International Enterprises
Address the strategic and management issues global companies face when they operate across borders, reviewing strategic analysis and issues of formulation and implementation in various business functions.

You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Option Modules

Global Supply Chain Management
You'll be introduced to the supply chain concept by observing a variety of companies and how they are changing their business practices to achieve corporate objectives in the current economic climate.

Management, People & Organisations
Develop functional knowledge and a critical understanding of key perspectives on human behaviour within the organisation and on the nature and processes of organising and managing human activity.

Managing Financial Resources
Gain a critical understanding of contemporary accounting and financing principles which support business decision-making and financial resourcing in both the private and public sectors.

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles and theoretical foundations which govern the modern marketing environment, allowing you to progress in a specialised area of marketing such as international or services marketing.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the International Business (MA) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!




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