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The MSc International Business seeks to meet the buoyant labour market demand for more postgraduates in the field. This programme is distinctive in the way it presents the multidisciplinary context of international business and promotes a connection with cognate fields such as management, business, economics and organisation studies.
Compulsory modules provide core training in principles of international business and management and research methods, and a range of option modules allow you to focus on specific areas according to your personal interests or career requirements, including economics and finance, marketing, employment relations and human resource management, business ethics, globalisation and development. You may further tailor the programme to your needs by writing a
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Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
A year after completing his BSc in civil engineering, Bosco enrolled on the MSc in International Business at Birkbeck, while working full-time as a civil engineer for a local government department and participating in its four-year training scheme.
'Working full time, I used my weekends to study. Admittedly, my social life has suffered, but my friends and family have been very supportive.'
The reason for choosing Birkbeck was simple: 'I had heard from friends about the good teachers at Birkbeck, and I already knew about the fantastic reputation of the University of London.'
Originally from Hong Kong, Bosco was interested to learn about business in other parts of the world: 'My fellow students were a very international group. It was fascinating to hear about business in other places, like Russia and Africa.'
Bosco plans to put this knowledge into practice as he hopes to use his qualification to work in other countries.
Abeer decided to develop her management skills once she started her job at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia:
'I came to work in the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London in 2004. Working here taught me that many aspects in life require managerial skills in one way or another and this approach motivated me to develop my abilities in this area.
'The reputation of Birkbeck's management courses was a crucial factor in choosing the College, as well as the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification from the University of London.
'It was interesting to be studying with such a diverse group of students, as they had lots of relevant, varied knowledge to share. My supervisor was also very supportive and helpful - I really enjoyed her company through my academic journey.
'Studying here has helped me develop my analytical skills, introducing me to a whole new world of knowledge. My dissertation was about female entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia - I investigated the opportunities and challenges for businesswomen involved with small businesses in Jeddah.
'I really enjoyed studying the subject and I’m now in the process of having my dissertation published by a management journal. I definitely want to carry on my research and possibly go on to study for a PhD at Birkbeck.'
MSc International Business
'Education is very important in my family, and I have always striven to do well. I am very family-orientated, and I wanted to make them even more proud of me,' says Faisal.
'I was working on a BT graduate scheme and wanted to push myself further by studying for a Master's, and Birkbeck offered the flexibility that I needed.
'During my Master's I was accepted onto a senior management Fast Track Leadership Programme at BT, designed to develop future leaders of the business. I started this at the beginning of my second year, which meant I had a very intense and heavy workload, but I managed to juggle it all thanks to my family's support and the close friends I made on the course.
'This MSc definitely helped me get onto the leadership programme by showing my employer that I had a thirst for knowledge and was willing to challenge myself.
'Also, studying International Business is very important in the current economic climate, as it has given me a global perspective and background, which makes me stand out from the crowd. My family are delighted with my success and the future is looking bright.'
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