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    Full time available

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    Business & Management

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    Full-time: 1 year

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  • Last Updated

    29 March 2019

Our MSc International Business programme is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required for working effectively across different national contexts in a range of business and management roles.

Informed by cutting-edge research, you will develop highly sought-after intercultural skills and a global mind-set. This programme prepares you to work confidently and effectively with global partners and enhance organisational performance in today’s global economy.

Being international is seldom a choice but a necessity for companies today. This MSc International Business programme was developed in response to a growing need from employers for business and management graduates with an international perspective, who are capable of operating effectively in a globalised world.

This programme opens up a variety of careers, in roles such as business analyst, sales and marketing executive, country/regional manager, product manager, sourcing manager, negotiator, trading executive, management consultant, and business development manager. You can also use the knowledge developed from this programme to internationalise your own business or family business.

Taught by world class scholars and guest speakers from industry, you will develop a deep understanding of cross-cultural differences, intercultural communication and leadership, internationally distributed collaborations, international human resource management, and international strategic decision-making. You will also develop practical and actionable knowledge of the global business environment, international business negotiations, global sourcing models, international supply chains, global social entrepreneurship and international innovations.

Through the opportunity of a study abroad option or an international virtual team exercise, you will have the chance to develop your own intercultural experience first-hand and to apply your newly acquired knowledge in real-life situations:

You can choose to spend the second semester at one of our international partner universities to experience a different cultural and educational environment, and thereby develop fundamental skills of cross cultural adjustment and collaboration.

Alternatively, you have the option to take part in ‘X culture’, a large scale, international team project comprising thousands of students and professionals from over 40 countries. Together with students from four to six different countries, you will be working on a real-life business case for several months, and experience the challenges and techniques of international collaborations across cultures, time zones, and organisations.

What you'll study

Our MSc International Business is designed to develop your global mindset and provide you with research-informed, advanced knowledge and skills that will enable you to see ways in which theory can be applied in practice.

Semester 1:

  • International Business Environment (15 credits)
  • International and Cross-Cultural Management (15 credits)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
  • Global Outsourcing and Offshoring of Services (15 credits)
  • Personal Development for Study and Employability (7.5 credits) (Semester 1 & 

Semester 2 (Option 1)

  • Business Environment Analysis (15 credits)
  • International Business Negotiations (15 credits)
  • Personal Development for Study and Employability (7.5 credits)

Optional modules (choose two)

  • X-Culture Project (15 credits)
  • Global Social Entrepreneurship and CSR (15 credits)
  • International Entrepreneurship and Post-Conflict Environments (15 credits)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management (15 credits)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (15 credits)
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media (15 credits)

Semester 2 (Option 2)

  • Study abroad semester


  • Global Strategic Management (15 credits)
  • International Company Project (30 credits

How you'll be assessed

The modules in the MSc International Business are assessed using a mix of different methods. The assessment of each module is typically either coursework only or a combination of coursework and presentations or exams.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory work
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Future career prospects

MSc International Business will prepare you for a wide range of careers, both in the private and public sector, in roles such as business analyst, sales and marketing executive, country/regional manager, product manager, sourcing manager, negotiator, trading executive, management consultant, and business development manager. You can also use the knowledge developed from this programme to internationalise your own business or family business.

Your personal development

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting you with your personal and professional development, all our Business and Economics postgraduate students have the opportunity to attend an impressive range of extra-curricular masterclasses and public lectures – all on campus and free of charge. Our masterclasses and public lectures to offer you the chance to broaden your horizons, with a wide range of business-related topics covered, with speakers from the Bank of England, Shazam, Shell and Dell just to name a few.

Key skills you'll develop

On successful completion of the programme, you should be able to:

  • Use critical thinking, analysis and synthesis to evaluate and apply concepts and insights from international business research to inform international decision making.
  • Analyse and appraise theoretical and practical issues and problems in international business by using the theories and models appropriate to those disciplines.
  • Collect relevant information across a range of areas pertaining to a current international business situation, analyse that information using relevant techniques and synthesise it into an appropriate form in order to evaluate decision alternatives.
  • Be sensitive to cross-cultural differences and able to overcome barriers to cross-cultural interactions.
  • Use negotiation skills and tactics to engage effectively in international business negotiations.
  • Be able to take effective action to mitigate challenges in international business endeavours.
  • Conduct research effectively and efficiently using a range of sources of international business-related materials including books, journals, trade and financial press, official statistics and the internet.
  • Use communication technologies effectively to present and communicate your work to an international audience including specialists and non-specialists.
  • Display effective interpersonal skills including effective communication, listening, influencing and conflict resolution.
  • Scan and organise data, abstract meaning from information and share knowledge.
  • Make effective use of information and communication technologies including word processing, storage and manipulation of data, generation of presentations, use of the internet and e-mail using appropriate software.
  • Use effective team-working skills, including team-building and project management in group work situations.
  • Recognise ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices.
  • Use effective personal organisation including time management, self-direction, self-motivation, tenacity and pro-activeness.

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





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