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Ideal for those seeking a managerial career, this specialist course aims to develop your strategic outlook, increasing your knowledge and understanding of business and management within an international context.

Recognising that some of the traditional business tools and techniques are now outdated as a result of the fast pace of change, we’ll show you the new and innovative approaches to strategy, organisation, operations and finance.

The phenomenon of globalisation can no longer be ignored by any company, whatever their size and scope. Yet as the world becomes increasingly interconnected, opening up new market and trade opportunities, many firms still struggle to come to terms with its implications.

With over 7,000 students, Coventry is one of the largest business schools in Europe. Our impressive global network is vast and varied. Through guest speakers, industry visits, case studies and internship opportunities, we use these links to share their real-world business experiences and bring you up-to-speed with the issues and challenges facing modern businesses.

*This course also has an optional professional experience pathway, which you can transfer onto, if you secure a placement.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Course information

Combining theory and practice, this course aims to provide a thorough grounding in international business management in an ever-changing global economy.

We aim to equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a flexible, effective manager who can spot market opportunities and drive forward businesses to success in the international arena.

Through the use of guest speakers, use of real case studies and industry visits and fieldtrips, you’ll learn more about the external forces which affect business decisions, including but not limited to the influence some external/or market factors such as fall or rise of oil prices or interest rates. We’ll discuss some of the biggest challenges and issues businesses now face, such as market uncertainties etcetera.

Why choose this course?

Successful business managers are able to think strategically, communicate effectively and implement complex business projects – from new product development and managing global supply chains to mergers and acquisitions. This dynamic course focuses on these essential skills to prepare students for leadership and management roles in international businesses.

Our International Business MSc aims to prepare you to become an international manager by developing your ability to think strategically and understand how to best compete in an international business environment.

Through core modules, we will focus on building essential management skills, such as international leadership and management; international trade management; global markets and entry strategies; marketing in an international perspective to mention but a few. Using business simulations, we help you develop the analytical skills needed to drive business and organisations forward today. For example, you may find yourself working on real life projects for businesses in and around Coventry or engage in research based learning on an open community platform such as inoERP, an open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application, which enables students to anchor the pedagogy on digital innovation.

We pay particular attention to developing your communication skills; vital in any business context, communication is even more important and more complex when you add an international dimension. Students engage in practical sessions and work on real life case studies in workshops, which highlight the need to take into account organisational and national culture, together practical barriers of different time zones or geographically dispersed teams.

A multicultural learning experience is expected, as you’ll be studying alongside staff and students from a range of nationalities. You’ll be taught by staff with significant experience of the business world, who have worked as directors and consultants for many large multinational companies not only in the United Kingdom but also abroad.

Your teaching will be research-informed by staff with an international reputation for research in the areas of International Business and Management, Global supply chain and logistics, business process integration, internationalisation of SMEs, change management and many more. In the most recent national research assessment exercise, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 85% of the School’s ‘Business and Management’ research was recognised internationally, of which 13% received the highest ‘world-leading’ classification.

Career prospects

The course can enable you to become a specialist in international business, equipped for a wide range of business and management careers in multinational organisations, management consultancies, government organisations or management education and training.

We aim to develop your capabilities in strategic thinking, effective communication and research, all directly relevant to employers and of great value when seeking future employment.

As indicated, the MSc in International Business provides the opportunity to develop a strategic outlook in a global context and to hone business skills developed in one’s earlier academic studies. All of this has the major objective of facilitating a successful career in management, in either the public or private sector. With the network opportunities to industry, an international content taught by experienced international research oriented lecturers with vast industry experiences, access to membership of professional bodies such as CIM UK to mention but a few, the course has been uniquely designed and run to fully equip our students with the right set of international business skills, knowledge and experience to raise their profile which intern How would this course enhance their career prospects as opposed to traditional business course run elsewhere.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The Faculty’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


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

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