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International Business and Emerging Markets (MSc)


Course Description

Programme description

The programme aims to help students understand how to do international business especially from developmental states. It will help them understand the particular challenges faced in developing corporate strategy, attracting foreign direct investment and working in countries with very different cultures, institutions, laws and business practices.

If emerging markets are, by their very nature, in a state of flux, then already successful economies are characterised by a different kind of dynamic. And as the pace of globalisation accelerates, the need to understand the drivers of national and international economic and business success becomes ever more acute. That gives graduates of this MSc some very real career advantages.

The programme will suit those with a background in or experience of the commercial or financial worlds. It is useful for students from emerging economies who wish to bring themselves up to speed with contemporary thinking in corporate strategy, including technology and financial management and business economics, and of public policies dealing with pressing issues relating to development in general. It is equally useful for students from already established economies seeking to understand how businesses can take advantage of the globalisation of the world economy and the rapid development of these new economic powerhouses.

Students on the programme come from all over the world, looking for objective, in-depth insights into global business practice. The knowledge they gather helps them develop successful careers as consultants, managers or analysts in the broad arena of international business.

Programme structure

Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.

Learning outcomes

Diverse perspectives and disciplines
The programme focuses on the challenges posed by the phenomena of globalisation and the conflicting trends of convergence and divergence in international business. It also addresses the challenges posed for rapidly developing emerging economies. It will lead you to acquire substantive knowledge, drawing upon diverse perspectives and disciplines, and gain the analytical ability needed to develop a continual understanding of the challenges international business is facing. You will also gain an appreciation of the complex issues in relation to business strategy for both multinational enterprises (MNEs) and local firms in emerging economies.

Real-world learning

The programme focuses on practical skills for real-world learning and puts a strong emphasis on developing transferable skills, objective analysis, report writing and presentation ability. It also provides insights into research design and other life-long learning skills needed for professional careers.

By the end of the course, students will be expected to have an:

ability to engage critically with various theoretical perspectives and techniques
understanding of the key issues relating to the competitiveness of international business
awareness of the volatility and uncertainty involved in and the influences of global politics, technology advancement, distribution of wealth, ownership of resources and regulatory regimes in individual nation states and international institutions
appreciation of the differences of individual nation states and especially emerging markets such as China, India and other transitional economies

Visit the International Business and Emerging Markets (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification. An undergraduate degree in business and commerce, management, finance, accounting, economics, international politics, international relations, science, engineering or law is normally required.

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