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MSc International Business

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

2017/18 entry


1 year full-time

Start date

September 2017 (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 optional 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.



International Political Economy & Business introduces some of the mainstream, as well as critical, approaches to understanding the international context in which business operates. You'll study the impact of politics and political systems on business. (20 credits)

International Business in the Global Context tackles the major issues that businesses are confronted with when operating in international markets. You'll examine the theoretical and applied aspects of international business environment such as social, financial, economic and political systems, risks and entry barriers. (20 credits)

Introduction to Strategic Management is a primer in the theory and techniques of strategic management and organisational change. You'll learn techniques of analysis and decision-making and apply them to a range of case studies. (10 credits)

Managerial Economics develops the basics of microeconomics as a framework to help you analyse managerial problems. You'll cover concepts including marginality, consumer choice, competition and game theory. (10 credits)



Qualitative Research Methods explores the assumptions, advantages, merits and challenges of the different approaches to qualitative and multi-method research. (10 credits)

International Business Management & Emerging Markets examines the development of the international economy and the developing world from a critical and historical perspective. You'll develop an understanding of international development, and the business and management practices that may help or hinder economic development. (20 credits)

Choose one of the following optional modules

Strategy in Global Organisations combines ideas from international management and strategic management to develop your understanding of the management of organisations operating across borders. (20 credits)

Innovation and Technology Management looks at the opportunities and constraints that technology brings. You'll consider theoretical perspectives and strategic responses to technological innovations. (20 credits)

Financial Strategy and Governance explores the nature of financial strategy in market economies. You'll use corporate finance strategy to analyse corporate behaviour and learn techniques for formulating financial strategy. (20 credits)

International Marketing Communications & Ethics explores marketing tools including advertising, public relations, promotion, sales and direct marketing. You'll consider the challenges and opportunities of global communications and develop an understanding of ethical and socially responsible marketing practices. (20 credits)

Global Perspectives in Human Resources and Employment Relations considers the relationships between businesses and employees on an international stage. You'll critically reflect on the development of multinational corporations and their employment practices, evaluating and critiquing how they respond to diverse institutional pressures. (20 credits)

International Sales Management critically analyses the role of sales managers and the challenges they face. You'll investigate selling strategies, sales planning and forecasting, and evaluate approaches to managing a sales team. (20 credits)


Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis covers the statistical concepts and theoretical principles underpinning quantitative data analysis. You'll learn practical techniques and procedures for analysing quantitative data. (10 credits)

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


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 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 2017/18

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£8,790£19,550

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 accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

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 nearby on Campus East.

Course location

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 Grade

You should have, or be about to complete a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification). Your degree can be in any subject, although we may give preference to students with knowledge of relevant areas, including:

  • Management or Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Finance or Accounting
  • 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.

Other qualifications

If you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.

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:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE: 61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
  • CAE (before January 2015): 65, with 'Good' in Writing
  • CPE (before January 2015): C
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

You may benefit from a pre-sessional English language course. These courses are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and help you prepare for your postgraduate degree.


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