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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    2015/16: Home/EU £6,000; Overseas £13,500

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2017

Course content


This course will provide the students with an opportunity to learn and understand how business is conducted in the international arena, in particular focusing on the development of managerial skills necessary to survive and thrive in an interconnected world. It provides a solid foundation for a highly successful career by developing problem-solving and critical thinking abilities within the context of trading across national boundaries.
The MSc International Business offers a choice of pathways, allowing students to specialise in marketing or human resource management. This flexible format allows students to select a specialisation to suit career aspirations. This means you can graduate with your specialism in Human Resource Management or Marketing reflected on your degree certificate.
By the end of this course, students have a nuanced understanding of operating across economies, currencies and regulatory frameworks. In addition, they are better equipped to engage with stakeholders from different cultures and work effectively in a team that is scattered in different geographic regions.

What is International Business?

International Business is the specialisation of core business subjects, adding theoretical and practical dimensions relevant to operating in an increasingly globalised economy. Foundation content, from accountancy and finance to strategic management, is explored in the context of international regulatory frameworks and business practices. Analytical and problem-solving skills are developed from multi-cultural and multi-national perspectives. Students are exposed to the challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation.
An MSc International Business from Stirling is designed to develop deep understanding of different approaches to managing businesses across national boundaries and create awareness of new trading blocs and the pressures they inflict on businesses and managers. Postgraduate education in International Business equips graduates to work in roles that require an understanding of how businesses are financed and taxed in different jurisdictions as well as other legislative issues that must be taken into account. A strong emphasis on ethical and environmental issues of relevance to commercial operators with international interests is a major strength of this course.
The International Business with Human Resource Management pathway is ideally suited to individuals who wish to blend their interests in general business strategy with the management of people.
The International Business with Marketing pathway enables students to develop marketing expertise that will enable them to thrive in a global business context.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Full-time
- Duration: MSc: one year; Diploma: 9 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Ms Jenoah Joseph

Course objectives

The aim of the MSc International Business is to incorporate the new dimensions of international business competencies. It is an innovative, rigorous and challenging programme that will give you a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical and empirical knowledge of international business.
The International Business course is specifically designed to achieve the following:
- An understanding of the relevance of international trade in today's business environment
- An understanding of the challenges and opportunities that result from globalisation
- A knowledge of the different approaches to managing businesses in the global environment
- An awareness of the emergence of new trading blocs and the pressures they inflict on business and managers
- An awareness of the ethical and environmental issues that have emerged as a result of globalisation and its impact on consumers

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Career opportunities

Highly qualified individuals with a multi-faceted understanding of business opportunities and risks are in high demand among organisations with global operations. As the world is increasingly interconnected, even graduates who choose to remain at home will find that a broad business degree with an international flavour will set them apart from other employment-seekers.
Virtually every facet of most larger businesses is inextricably linked to the wider world. The proven ability to work in a multi-cultural team is an added advantage for individuals seeking careers at higher management levels in organisations with stakeholders in other countries.
The MSc International Business provides you with excellent preparation for a wide range of careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Our alumni are found in key roles across organisations. Employers have included the World Wildlife Fund, Lufthansa, RBS, Proctor & Gamble, Ernst & Young, EBSCO Publishing and Accenture.
The MSc International Business and Human Resource Management equips students for a range of roles, from designing and delivering effective training programmes to working as business consultants. It develops leaders who will spearhead sustainable and responsible management in the new business environment.
The MSc International Business and Marketing will make you attractive to employers seeking professionals with in-depth understanding of the global marketplace as well as specialist marketing skills. Our students are in demand among international businesses as well as organisations with global reach.

Visit the MSc International Business page on the University of Stirling website for more details!






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