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In recent years interest in the relationship between international business and (especially international) politics has increased. This programme sets out to explore concepts, approaches and methods from a truly inter-disciplinary perspective and offers a rich and stimulating basis for postgraduate study. The degree offers a framework for exploring the changing relationship between states and markets, international institutions of global political-economic governance, transnational companies, work, geo-politics, industrialisation and development.

The aims of the programme are for you to:

  • develop advanced and critical understandings of the politics of international business from various intellectual perspectives, from neo-liberal and mainstream business studies approaches, through to more critical approaches which engage with questions of power and resistance;
  • acquire an advanced theoretical grounding in the core aspects, and history and politics of, business and its growing internationalisation; 
  • expand the skills to conduct empirical analysis and enquiry, and to present this work in both verbal and written formats, which can be used in the wider professional world.

Structure

The MSc in International Business and Politics is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study. There are six taught modules spread over two semesters, as well as a 12,000 word dissertation.

Please note that your pattern of study will vary depending on your module choices.

Compulsory Modules:

Optional modules include:

Two Business modules from the following options:

One Politics and IR module from the following options:

Please note that the availability of these modules, the range of elective modules the module organisers and the semester during which each module is run may vary from year to year. The School reserves the right to withdraw one or more of the elective modules if there is insufficient student interest. Detailed module information will be distributed at the start of your study.

Learning and Teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Assessment

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and interaction with the Virtual Learning Environment. A wide range of assessment techniques are used, including coursework examinations and a dissertation. Coursework may take the form of an individual and/or group assignment, individual and/or group presentations or invigilated tests. Examinations take place in May or early June. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.

Dissertation

You will also be assessed on a supervised 12,000-word dissertation.

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £9,150

Part time £4,575

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,350

Part time £8,175

Funding

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

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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 MSc International Business and Politics page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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