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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Fees 2018/19
    UK/EU: £ 10,280
    International: £19,950

  • Last Updated

    29 May 2018

Course Content

Course content

MSc International Business focuses on the links between major business functions and their role in international business and commerce. You'll develop knowledge of the special requirements for conducting business activities across national boundaries, relevant theories and their application in business. You'll also have the opportunity to study at one of our European partner institutions and visit international companies through our integrated Study Abroad programme.

The course will develop expertise in core areas of international business, strategic management and business economics. The wide range of elective modules will enable you to develop skills in a specific business function linked to international business (finance, marketing or operations management) or pursue related areas such as entrepreneurship and business sustainability.

You’ll develop a wide range of business skills and knowledge in demand by graduate employers. These include: 

  • Interpreting financial statements covering income, balances and cash flow
  • Budgetary control and analysing business costs using Cost Volume Profit and contribution analysis
  • Econometric modelling of stochastic trends and performance forecasting
  • International HRM including: cross-cultural communication; diversity management; and HR issues in expatriation/repatriation, acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures
  • Developing marketing and pricing strategies, plans and marketing mix policies; international promotion strategies and distribution channels
  • Internationalisation of production and trade, including: the international product life cycle; forms of international business activity; national competitive strategies; and economic integration
  • International sectors, emerging and transition economies, cultural differences, international business strategies and strategic alliances
  • Operational planning and management including: product, service and process design; choice of layout and technology; statistical stock control and MRPI
  • Strategy processes and techniques including: value chain analysis, ‘make or buy’ decisions; implementing and managing strategic change in an international environment
  • Innovation processes, innovation-based strategies and creating competitive advantage through innovation
  • Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
  • Analytical skills developed through research dissertation.
  • investment and business law; operations; and international markets and investments.


Core Modules

  • International Business
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • Strategic Management
  • Environment of Business 
  • Professional Development Programme (PDP)
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout the course and focuses on your professional development and employability, giving you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills, build a portfolio of professional business skills, or study abroad at one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK, or overseas, or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

Optional Modules

You'll choose four modules from the following list, subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some modules and combinations 

  • Intellectual Property Strategy & Management 
  • Business Finance 
  • International Finance
  • Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
  • Strategic Business Sustainability  
  • People & World Organisations
  • Marketing Management 
  • International Marketing Management 
  • International Operations
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring 
  • Operations Management
  • CSR, Sustainable Development & Public Policy
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • International Business strategy
  • Entrepreneurial & Innovation in Emerging Economies

The course then concludes with a dissertation project.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.


The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Career opportunities

This degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers in businesses and organisations engaged in international activities, including consultancy, business analysis, marketing, business development, sales management, finance and purchasing. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Assistant Advisor – Ernst & Young (Zimbabwe) 
  • Marketing Specialist – Bosch (China) 
  • Relationship Marketing Professional – IBM (India) 
  • Senior Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK) 
  • Trainee Buyer – Tesco (UK). 

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions.  

Visit the International Business MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!





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