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International Business MSc

Course Description

The MSc International Business is designed for students seeking to operate within an international management or international business setting, as well as a myriad of organisations and disciplines where an understanding of international business is an asset. The programme aims to enable students to develop a sound understanding of international business contexts and the ability to make integrative links across various disciplines. Some aspects of the course will focus on emerging markets.

Graduates will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the impact of contextual factors on organisations - within the context of internationalisation:
• the management of resources and operations
• the financing of business enterprise
• the management and development of people
• the use and the limitations of a range of research methods and on the development of appropriate business policies and strategies

The programme offers training in research methods with particular application to the empirical study of international management situations, issues and process.


The aim of this degree is to provide students with:
• A programme in international business and management that will enable them to further develop transferable skills suitable for engaging with the challenges of employment/self-employment within the global economy.
• Comprehensive understanding of the processes of globalisation in the 21st century and their implications for the business person.
• Comprehensive knowledge and skills for successful careers in multinational corporations, non-governmental organisations, multilateral international organisations, international laws, and academic institutions.

Special Features

• Specialist programme directed at graduates seeking a career in international management/international business.
• Insight into the processes of globalisation in the 21st century and their implications for the business person.
• Elective module explores social network technologies and innovation.
• Tutors are active members of the Business School’s Centre for Research Entrepreneurship, international Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets (CEIBIEM) in these research areas. Research subjects for consideration on the programme include :
• Sustainability of economic development in emerging economies
• Micro and macroeconomic policies, exchange rate policies, balance of payments (export and import sectors) intervention and liberalisation policies
• International Business - Global or international trade analysis, foreign direct investment trends and their impact on economic development
• Stock exchange market analysis, foreign exchange market economics and econometric analysis
• Strategic management and strategic decision-making
• Strategic innovation and the adaptation and evolution of firms in highly uncertain environments
• Multi-national enterprises (MNEs) and their philosophies
• Human Resource Management (HRM) in large MNEs
• Strategic behaviour of firms
• Internationalisation and its impact on technology management in developed and in emerging economies
• Some of the well cited publications are on knowledge markets and the growth of international business
• Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ventures and Entrepreneurial Management
• Technology-based small firms, and management of technology and innovation
• Design management and scientific entrepreneurialism
• Adoption and use of ICTs in small firms and intellectual property rights
• Enhancing analytical skills in business and Quantitative Methods in Business and Management

Brunel Business School is ranked amongst the Top 20 UK Business Schools in the Financial Times Business Schools table.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate: Associates can use ‘ACMI’, Members ‘MCMI’ and Fellows ‘FCMI’

Employability Outcomes
Previous students of MSc International Business have achieved graduate positions at:


Employability Events, Visits and Training

The School’s Business Life Employability Programme is designed to help students to acquire a range of employability and networking skills, enabling them to gain a distinct edge in the labour market and to manage their career search and development more effectively. Typical events have included:

Business Life Capstone Event
As part of their Business Planning module, postgraduate business students were invited to collaborate with Brunel’s annual Made in Brunel exhibition to provide a route to market for real creative and entrepreneurial products conceived by Brunel’s engineering and design students. Students from MSc Management and MSc Marketing not only created commercialisation plans for the products, but were invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry professionals and academic judges.

BAT (Bloomberg Aptitude Test) with Bloomberg
The BAT is offered as a three-hour online test taken on campus within an invigilated environment with a Bloomberg representative. BAT was designed in conjunction with leading financial institutions and academics to uncover an individual’s knowledge and skills relevant for a financial career. Students can choose to submit their names along with test scores or anonymously during job recruitment drives.

Meet the Professionals Showcase
A professional association is an organisation formed to unite and inform people who work in the same occupation. There are many advantages to joining professional bodies: typically they offer training and access to research, as well as networking opportunities like conferences and forums. Brunel Business School regularly invites key professional bodies to showcase these benefits to Business School students on campus. Professional bodies who regularly take part in the Showcase include: ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CIMA, BCS, OR, CMI, CILT, CIPD, CII, CBI, CFA, CIM and CIPR.

UK Industrial and Commercial Visits
Where possible, events and external visits are arranged with UK organisations to help demonstrate theory in practice.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (2.1 or above) typically in business or social science or cognate discipline and from a recognised university plus satisfactory references. Those with a lower second class degree (2.2) may be considered providing that they can show evidence of significant relevant (eg work) experience.Candidates from non-business/management disciplines (and without any business/management element) will be eligible if they have a first class honours degree or the overseas equivalent. IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)

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