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The International Business MRes is a pre-doctoral training programme designed to provide a critical, research led approach to the study of aspects of international business, and the changing context in which global financial firms operate, together with training in the key research skills appropriate for Doctoral level study. Alongside a suite of substantive modules offered in conjunction with the School's International Business MSc, the programme includes core modules in research design, qualitative and quantitative methods taken jointly with social science students from a range of disciplines across QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College as part of the training offered by the ESRC funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP).

The International Business MRes is in an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both the MRes and a PhD, and successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 PhD funding. The MRes also caters more generally for those seeking to develop their ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business in a complex global environment –and is an ideal preparation for a career in multi-national business or the financial sector, as well as for those pursuing advanced studies.


The International Business MRes is currently available for one year full-time study. You will take eight modules, two compulsory and four electives, spread between semester A and B, followed by a dissertation of 15,000 words to be completed by the beginning of September following entry. You will also be expected to attend and participate in the School's PhD Research Seminar Series and the School's annual Symposium.

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory.

There are three compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation 
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 1: epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods 
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 2: quantitative methods and data

Plus four elective modules:

  • Finance for Development
  • The Global Economy
  • International Marketing Communications
  • Multinationals and Global Business
  • International Macroeconomics and Finance
  • Managerial Economics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Global Governance and International Organisations
  • Economics of Development
  • New Product Development and Business Ecosystems
  • Behavioural Finance and Decision Making
  • International Business Strategy
  • World Economy and Development
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Applied Empirical Methods

* Note: The modules are correct at the time of reading. However we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Learning and teaching

Contact hours:

Students typically have three contact hours per week in each module. Within these three hours, each module has its own pattern of lectures, seminars/classes and other activities. Lectures emphasise dissemination of information, explaining the key ideas and determining the sequence and pace of learning. Seminars/classes make for a more active learning experience by facilitating student interaction in discussion, exercises, problem-solving sets, case studies and presentations (as appropriate).

Learning and Teaching:

The School of Business and Management promotes active learning within a context of clear learning objectives, and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. Modules have regular coursework elements and in some cases this will require collaborative group work.

The creation of informal work is generally encouraged. Clear guidance on basic supplementary reading is given. We consider it important to develop your ability to undertake basic research through both practical and theoretical means, culminating in a dissertation which develops the ability to write sustained coherent narratives. Teaching is by research-oriented staff (complemented where appropriate by visiting lecturers with professional expertise), who will combine professional knowledge of their subject with a critical attitude to its delivery. Students therefore work in a challenging and supportive environment.

Each module has an outline description, giving the aims, expected learning outcomes, assessment methods, outline syllabus and indication of primary reading.


Modules are typically assessed by a combination of coursework and final (two-hour) examinations. There is considerable variation across modules, however some are wholly examined by coursework.


You will also be assessed on a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £12,150

Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £20,500

Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079


Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Visit the MRes International Business page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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