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MSc International Business

Discover how organisations respond to the challenges of operating on a global scale

Year of entry: 2020

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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In order to operate across borders, organisations need a good understanding of the international business environment.

This course covers some of the major issues which affect enterprises working in different countries, from local circumstances to international politics.

You'll develop your skills in critical analysis, information processing, and data presentation. You'll prepare for a range of careers in international business and management, with the skills and outlook to thrive in an increasingly interconnected global workplace.

This course is one of three interrelated Masters programmes covering business and management in global contexts:

Course content

In your first term you'll study some of the core issues in international business. You'll develop a theoretical toolkit with which to investigate and discuss the strategies used in the international business environment.

Later you'll specialise your studies while continuing to develop crucial skills for independent learning and research. In the Spring Term you'll choose an option module to develop a deeper understanding of an area of international business and management. From the Summer Term you'll focus your efforts on a final 8,000-word dissertation.

Modules

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one of the following options:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

In the Summer Term you'll initiate, design, and implement a substantial research project. You'll have three to four months to complete a 8,000-word dissertation based on your original research. Your dissertation is worth 60 credits.

You can choose to focus your research on any topic related to international business that interests you. It could be a chance to explore a previous topic in greater depth, or investigate an organisational challenge in an industry close to your heart.

You'll work under the guidance of a personal supervisor with expertise in the subject you're studying. They'll help you develop research questions and identify methods and theories to investigate and analyse your topic.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Devise socially and ethically responsible strategic solutions to real-life business problems in the international business environment.
  • Interpret and influence complex international business situations by applying an advanced understanding of economic, political, and social factors that shape the international business environment.
  • Interpret complex numerical and/or non-numerical data by utilising their knowledge of relevant quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in order to address challenges in the international business environment.
  • Define, design, execute, and present significant and extended pieces of independent research in a field of their choice related to international business, deploying appropriate research methods.
  • Communicate complex information and well-evidenced arguments effectively and persuasively to professional and business audiences.
  • Complete individual and team projects to a high standard - through reflective and self-directed learning - and in a professional, responsible, and culturally aware manner.
  • Develop professionally by reflecting on personal strengths and weaknesses in order to identify areas for growth and plan self-directed learning.
The Management School is extremely international in its outlook. Academic staff are experts in their fields and come from all over the world. Our professors make topics immediately relevant by using current business cases from different areas, and though my course took strategic management as its focus, it always referred to the broader aspects of international business and the global environment.
MSc in International Business and Strategic Management student

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2020/21

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £10,440£21,890

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

We offer a number of departmental scholarships for home and overseas students.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

We use a wide range of teaching methods to suit different learning styles, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops

You'll also put your skills of analysis, decision-making and creative thinking to the test in business simulation games, working in teams to accomplish your goals.

We'll help you develop skills of research and investigation to support your independent learning.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the York Management School on Campus East. Almost all of your teaching will take place in the Law and Management Building or nearby on Campus East.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your modules are assessed with a mixture of exams, essays and presentations. You'll also complete formative assignments including presentations and literature reviews. You'll receive feedback on all the work you submit, helping you to understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Your final assessment is a 8,000-word dissertation, which makes up a third of your overall grade.

Careers and skills

This MSc has been designed to help you thrive in a global workplace. The course will give you the knowledge and skills needed for management roles in private and public sector organisations around the world.

Our graduates go on to careers in all aspects of business and management. Each year, some continue their studies, joining the York Management School doctoral programme.

Career opportunities

  • Accountancy and audit
  • Computing
  • Defence and aerospace
  • Finance and banking
  • Healthcare and medicine
  • Insurance
  • Management consultancy
  • Market research
  • Pharmaceuticals and chemicals
  • Tourism and travel
  • Transport, logistics and distribution
  • Wealth management

Transferable skills

  • Communication skills
  • Team working
  • Presentation
  • Critical analysis
  • Creative thinking
  • Project management

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in any subject. We may give preference to students with knowledge of relevant areas, including Management or Business Studies, Economics, Finance, Accounting, or any social science. Alternatively, we may accept a 2:2 undergraduate degree supported by professional qualifications or at least one year of relevant work experience.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components
PTE Academic 61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components
TOEFL 87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

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