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The MSc in International Business Economics enables you to study a combination of business and economic subjects. You will develop the ability to understand causal relationships between various economic variables, critically evaluate the strategic decision-making process in business, and have an insight into global business policy issues.

This course aims to provide you with the quantitative and economic analysis skills to understand underlying economic principles and gain insight into the way institutions and business practices operate in an international context.

There are excellent employment prospects for economists with these skills in business and finance, government agencies and management consultancy.

Why choose this course?

  • Programme focus: This programme is designed for those who have not formally studied for a degree in economics or business who would like to increase their understanding in both those subjects. However, the programme will equally appeal to you if you have a general background in economics, business and management studies and want to specialise further in international business and financial economics.
  • Employability: In an increasingly competitive job market, a globally focused qualification such as the MSc in International Business and Economics is highly desirable. This programme provides you with the quantitative skills and economic analysis skills, together with a multicultural learning environment in order to prepare you for a career as a professional business analyst or manager in the private sector, government agencies, multinational corporations and international institutions. On the practical side, our Careers Centre offers support in developing CV and interview skills, and provides regularly updated job vacancy information.
  • Teaching and Learning: Oxford Brookes University Business School offers a great environment for studying Business and Economics. We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and you will be supported in your studies and beyond. Our Business School has received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Oxford Location: Oxford offers everything you could want as a student and more. As one of the world’s great centres of learning, it is a bustling city. Located just over an hour from the hub of business life in London with easy access to international airports, you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region. Oxford will provide you with a host of learning and employment opportunities with a range of internships and graduate jobs available 
  • Expert academics: You will be taught by experts in the fields of economics, business and finance. They are renowned researchers and teachers who bring a global perspective from their experiences all round the world. On this course you will be taught or supervised by Dr Dimitrios Asteriou, Dr Yoko Nagase, and Dr Gabor Lukacs.
  • Student support: You will be assigned to an Academic Adviser who will provide both academic and personal support. Student Support Co-ordinators provide guidance for your course and university-wide administrative issues. They organise a range of events to help you adjust to postgraduate studies and are able to help you get advice about any issues you may have during your studies. 

Course content

This MSc is based on the completion of the following compulsory modules.

Compulsory modules

  • Principles of International Business Economics
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • International Finance
  • International Trade and Globalisation
  • Research project

As well as these compulsory modules a range of optional modules is available. The choice is made in consultation with the Programme Lead and in accordance with the rules laid down for the award

Elective modules

  • Applied Financial Econometrics 
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Operations and Process Management
  • Planning for New Business Ventures
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Physical Logistics and Distribution

Teaching and learning

Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. Some modules include group work and teamwork activities.

Each module is assessed individually, generally on the quality of written or visual presentation work, and to some extent on verbal presentations. 

Approach to assessment

Assessment methods may include reports, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project work, visual and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, and practical exercises. The majority of assessments are based on individual assignments but there is some assessed group work.

Specialist facilities

Oxford Brookes Business School has now moved to its new home at our Headington Campus. The university’s Headington Campus have undergone a £30m refurbishment to provide a new home for the Business School, which consists of a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. There is a new modern hall for teaching and special events like graduation.

This new home will help us to collaborate even more closely with university colleagues in other departments. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.

The Headington Campus is also home to the new John Henry Brookes Building, being the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. The John Henry Brookes Building brings together the library and essential support services that offer academic, careers and international student advice. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

The majority of our student halls are close to the Headington Campus.

Field trips

We offer an optional International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies. Please visit the website to find out more.


Visit the MSc International Business Economics page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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