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International Business (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc International Business programme seeks to meet the buoyant labour market demand for more postgraduates in the field of international business. This programme is designed for people who wish to develop a critical research-based knowledge and expertise of a broad range of key issues in international business and management at postgraduate level while also enabling a focus on specific areas of study according to personal interests or career requirements. These areas include economics and finance, marketing, employment relations and human resource management, business ethics, globalisation and development.

The distinctiveness of this programme draws from the way it presents the multi-disciplinary context of the academic domain of international business and the way it promotes an interdisciplinary connection with cognate fields such as management, business, economics and organisation studies.

The programme has 5 compulsory courses which provide core training in principles of international business and management and research methods. Three optional courses enable a focus on specific areas of international business study. The opportunity to tailor the programme to personal interests and career requirements of students extends to the dissertation which is undertaken on an international business topic. The dissertation also enables the application and further development of a broad range of research-based skills which is emphasised throughout the programme.

The programme facilitates the attainment of a broad range of subject-specific, intellectual, practical and personal and social learning outcomes. Students completing the programme have the knowledge, skills and competencies to analyse critical issues in international business with qualitative and quantitative methods, and to design and implement international business strategy and policy development. It is particularly relevant if you are, or would like to be, a manager with responsibility for international business and policy affairs in a private or public sector organisation.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sports management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

The Programme Director and Personal Tutor for this programme is Dr P. E. Tolentino.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

The course draws strength from Birkbeck's mission as a provider of higher education as well as its strategic geographical location in London which is a centre for international business par excellence.
Birkbeck’s Department of Management has an established reputation in the delivery of highly successful international business and management postgraduate programmes.
Teaching staff have an international reputation in their respective areas of research activity.
Birkbeck's Strategy and International Business Research Group supports the programme as a centre for research, training and policy advice on foreign direct investment and knowledge diffusion, globalisation of innovative activities, comparative business systems and management, international human resource management and international business strategy. The research group organises seminars and publishes major books and academic papers in the world’s leading journals within its field of interest.
We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
Academic tutorial support and guidance systems are in place in the Department of Management to ensure your academic and personal development. The School also has a dedicated learning coordinator, who will support you in your studies and offer help and advice on a wide range of study skills.
You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.
Birkbeck students are drawn from a diverse range in terms of age and academic, social and cultural backgrounds. This creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment.

Visit the International Business (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Bosco Leung

3982.jpg 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.

(Student Profile)

Abeer Danish

4115.jpg 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.'

(Student Profile)

Faisal Islam

4121.jpg 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.'


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally at least a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent; other qualifications will be considered. A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College. Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications.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.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 10450 pa

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