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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    To learn about the costs involved in undertaking this Master program, please contact the university via the information request form.

  • Last Updated

    18 March 2019

Internationalisation is a major driving force in todays business for sourcing as well as selling. A wide set of globalisation modes are at hand – from simple export to foreign direct investment or participation in border crossing networks.

About a MSc in Economics and Business Administration - International Business

This programme deals with the challenge of globalization and ways to handle them. The key concepts throughout the programme are:

  • Business development
  • Control of foreign operations

The study programme is aimed at providing you with the competences required to take part in the decisionmaking processes in a business with extensive international commitments or a public institution.

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Programme structure

This programme has a duration of 2 years and consists of 4 semesters.

1st semester: prerequisite courses

The first semester offers three courses, which provides the student an advanced insight into the theories and topics that are crucial for the understanding, definition and solution of International Business related problems. 

The course Emergence of the Global Enterprise gives students a profound understanding of the different theoretical perspectives on the internationalization of firms in order to understand the drivers and decision-making related to the emergence of global enterprises, the operation of the global enterprise, and global business models. 

Another course is Emerging markets, their institutions and challenges. The course aims at providing an analytical framework for understanding emerging markets and their institutions. The importance and growth potentials of emerging markets, such as for example the Chinese.

Alongside with the courses above the student will be introduced to methodology in the course Management Research Method. The course focuses on the production of qualified and justified knowledge which lives up to scientific quality criteria. The course introduces a variety of research designs applicable when carrying out research in the area of organisation and management and related areas. These techniques include qualitative as well as quantitative approaches. 

2nd semester: specialisation courses

The second semester comprises the following compulsory specialisation courses.

The course Organizing and Managing the Multinational Corporation provides students with an understanding of how multinational corporations are organized and managed, and how the MNC can develop different management practices and organizational capabilities dependent on specific contingencies and circumstances.

In the course Intercultural Competences the student will achieve understanding of how to deal with cultural differences, the role of culture as frameworks for individual and collective actions, and the interplay between cultural structures and individual behavior and train the ability to identify challenges faced by international managers, synthesize the insights gained from the various theoretical fields, and challenge and critically evaluate both functionalist and constructivist, theories and concepts of culture and management. 

The course Human Resource Management and Development gives students a fundamental theoretical and practical insight into and understanding of the Human Resource Management (HRM) field – the dynamic interplay of person, job, and organisation.

Finally the course B2B Purchasing Management will teach students how to develop and manage the global purchasing function of an organization. This includes understanding how social buyer-supplier relationships are established, developed, and managed.

3rd semester: Electives or study abroad

On this semester the student has a great possibility to define a professional path for the future based on the choice of electives. Another option is to study abroad at a university in another country. Aarhus BSS - Aarhus University is proud to have more than 300 partner universities around the world.

4th semester: Final thesis

The fourth semester is devoted to the Master thesis. The student may freely choose the topic of the thesis and thereby get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

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Visit the International Business, MSc page on the Aarhus University website for more details!





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