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International Business will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in international business, cross-cultural management and entrepreneurship in an international context.

Why this programme

  • This programme is designed for students with talent, ambition and entrepreneurial flair, who would like to develop a career in international business development, international entrepreneurship or venture management.
  • It combines developing entrepreneurial skills for business start-up and management skills for the international market place.
  • You will learn about new venture creation and business start-up, business growth and be involved in international consultancy projects.
  • In semester 2 you will get the opportunity to carry out a consultancy market research project for companies to advise them on the international market place.
  • By the end of the programme you will be able to design and plan international strategies, identify opportunities and implement product development in cross cultural contexts.
  • You will be taught by staff renowned for creative research on the internationalisation of small and medium-sized businesses, multinational enterprises, and international economics. Some of our lecturers are able to talk about their own research or business ventures when explaining theories to help aid your understanding of international business and entrepreneurship. 
  • You will have guest lectures from inspiring alumni who have used the degree to help them start their own business.
  • Classes are small to facilitate an interactive learning environment. 
  • It is listed in the top 100 entrepreneurship programmes worldwide (Eduniversal, 2016).

Adam Smith Business School is triple accredited

Programme structure

You will take nine core and two optional courses and submit a dissertation. In semester 1, you will put theory into practice by combining your learning from the two main subject areas, international business and entrepreneurship, to develop a start–up plan for a business with international potential. In semester 2, you will develop your understanding of how firms compete successfully in the international market place. Throughout the year you will develop practical, intellectual and transferable skills through a range of group and individual activities. You will also be involved in internationalisation consultancy projects with real companies. 

Core courses

  • Entrepreneurial finance for SMEs
  • Global business environment
  • International entrepreneurship and innovation
  • International management solutions (consultancy projects undertaken on behalf of Scottish companies)
  • International strategic management
  • Managing across cultures and comparative management
  • Managing the multinational enterprise and subsidiaries
  • Market analysis for new venture creation
  • Research methods.

Optional courses may include

  • American business and management in an international context
  • Business environment in China
  • Digital entrepreneurship
  • European business environment
  • International business ethics
  • Managing innovation and technology transfer
  • Management of innovation
  • Perspectives on globalisation
  • Sales management.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Graduates are presented with a range of opportunities in the employment market. Our alumni have either set up their own business, worked in SMEs, consultancy or multinational companies such as AMT Group, Google and IGI Global, in a management capacity. We have a dedicated careers and employability team who provide 1-2-1 support and advice, group workshops, employer events on campus and networking opportunities throughout the year to help you with your career prospects. 


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

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