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International Business - MSc

Course Description

This Masters programme in international business addresses key issues such as how multinational firms decide where and when to invest internationally, and how firms evaluate the opportunities and challenges they face in different countries.


Students will examine the strategies multinational firms use to compete in a global economy, as well as the development and policy challenges they create, from the perspectives of both developing and developed countries.

In addition to learning how firms are organised internally, students will take a holistic view of the international business environment, in terms of the competitiveness of firms and industries. Students will therefore be able to connect the 'micro' firm view with the 'macro' view of countries and regions.


Henley Business School enjoys a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts, underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders, a thread that runs through all of our Masters programmes.

Our postgraduate masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your individual personal development needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This stimulating mix of lectures and interactive tutorials provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the subject material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students. You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings and be able to challenge some of those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues and tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry, giving you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods which vary depending on your chosen Masters programme. These include online materials and multimedia content, guest lectures, individual and group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations form around 70% of the assessed work with the remaining 30% coming from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme. The exam period falls between April and June in the summer term, with students taking an average of 5 or 6 exams. Graduation normally takes place in December.


Graduates of the MSc International Business follow a variety of career paths upon graduation. These include roles in business development or general management, with a range of employers including large corporations or multinational enterprises or government agencies.

Our graduates tell us that this programme gives them the key skills and knowledge required to build a career in multinational enterprises or government agencies.

Visit the International Business - MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Yannick Brillet

'Henley Business School is one of the best business schools in the world and where the discipline of international business started. The programme was intellectually stimulating, provided high level academic study and is internationally recognised. Also, lecturers were highly qualified and support staff were always very helpful. I was awarded a Huck Scholarship which allowed me to acquire a deeper understanding on corporate culture through a project.'

Now working: Senior Sales Manager, OnLegends GmbH

Find out more at www.henley.reading.ac.uk/pg or www.facebook.com/henleypg

(Student Profile)

William Gilbert

In 2009, as part of my undergraduate course, I spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Reading. During my stay there, I had lectures at Henley Business School and thoroughly enjoyed my time and experiences on campus. With the town of Reading’s welcoming atmosphere and vibrant community, as well as Henley’s strong international academic rankings and reputation, it was a natural choice to return.

Having a background in the corporate world, I found the strategies and theories taught on my postgraduate programme truly applicable, providing an insightful dimension to my business experience. With each module, a new business theory, strategy and organisational structure was covered. All of this content progressively built on earlier topics, creating a more comprehensive and insightful understanding of how businesses interact and operate globally. It was really exciting when content from several of my classes ‘clicked’ together, creating a new dimension to the business environment I had not previously known; it was a very rewarding experience and positively reinforced my decision to attend Henley.

From its international student body to its solid academic schedule, I am confident that my time at Henley Business School has equipped me with the tools to successfully pursue a dynamic international business career. There is no better way to gain a global business education and perspective than to live and breathe the degree in an international university setting, such as the one offered at Henley Business School. Increasingly in today’s competitive job market, a postgraduate degree is a crucial distinguishing factor and the school’s curriculum provided essential exposure to business strategies and theories through real-world application.

(Student Profile)

Sandeep Akkinapelli

There were two main reasons behind my decision to choose Henley; one was the course content and the other one was the reputation of the Business School and its faculty for research.

The MSc International Business contains traits of a traditional management course, due to its emphasis on strategy and other management modules. However, the course also offers an interesting economic insight into international business, through various theories that help explain the rise of multinational firms and foreign direct investment. It also addresses the links between multinational enterprises and foreign direct investment, and considers their role in the development of a nation. Thus the course outlines various elements of international business to students from both a business and policy point of view. It is this balance of course content that makes it unique and differentiates itself from other management courses. Hence, it is suitable for the likes of prospective managers, economists, consultants and policy analysts.

The other reason that motivated me to choose Henley was the pioneering research that renowned professors at the Business School have published over the years in the area of international business. The majority of the content that students are taught is based on the research conducted by the professors at Henley themselves. This offers a unique opportunity not just to be taught by the best people but also to interact with the professors who developed those frameworks and theories. This was especially important to me as I was considering a career in research. By interacting with experts who shaped the field, I became confident that I was in the right place.

However, there was also something else that I did not expect from the course, which took me by pleasant surprise. And that was the composition of the class. The MSc International Business is a truly global programme, with students coming from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and of course the UK as well. This provided me with a year full of rich and diverse cultural experiences.

As the course has now finished and while I am preparing for my new job as a research associate, looking back, I can only say that the course exceeded my expectations. I found the course to be intellectually stimulating and a truly rewarding experience.


Entry Requirements

A good first or second class UK honours degree, or overseas equivalent, will usually be required. Applicants with relevant experience or professional qualifications will also be considered. Prior knowledge or experience of your chosen subject area is not required. We welcome applications from recent university graduates from a wide range of disciplines.

Last Updated

11 January 2017

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