International business is an exciting and rapidly evolving space as politics and economics shift, and societies and cultures evolve. On the course you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the processes of globalisation in the 21st century and the implications that these ongoing processes have for today’s business women and men – and indeed, for tomorrow’s leaders.
The International Business MSc is designed for those seeking to operate within an international business setting or within companies and jobs where an understanding of international business is an asset. The course will help you to develop a sound understanding of international business contexts and to make integrative links across various disciplines.
We will explore the impact of internationalisation on factors such as the management of resources and operations, the financing of business enterprise, and the management and development of people. Aspects of the course will focus on emerging markets. It will also focus on the development of appropriate business policies and strategies to help you put your learning into practice.
You will receive training in research methods with particular application to the empirical study of international management situations, issues and process.
What you learn on the International Business MSc will enable you to further develop transferable skills that can be used to address the challenges of working within an organisation or for yourself as part of the global economy.
Your newly honed skills should open up opportunities for a successful career within the likes of a multinational corporation, an NGO, a multilateral international organisation such as the UN, international law, or academia.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and a number of associate memberships are open to graduates of master’s courses from Brunel Business School. This offers you discounted full membership rates and as a member, you may use the following letters after your name as appropriate: Associate 'ACMI', Member 'MCMI' and Fellow 'FCMI'.
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Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
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This diverse course will give you a solid grounding in the basics of international trade, business strategy, and management. Optional modules can give you an insight into areas such as global HR, diversity management, business ethics and corporate governance.
A typical selection of modules can be found below. Optional modules are indicative and subject to numbers.
Global Business and Investments: The effect of globalisation on international business.
International Trade: The importance of overseas trade on the economy. Focus on common barriers to trade, regional trading arrangements, and the case for and against the concept of free (unrestricted) trade.
International Business Strategy: Using strategy and structure in key business operations to compete and succeed. Issues related to foreign expansion will also be explored.
International Management: Examining the trends that impact international business. Focus on international management challenges in and the effects of globalisation on particular countries and regions. Analytical tools, techniques and models of negotiation, communication, HR, and conflict resolution in international contexts.
Organisational Behaviour: The key functions of leadership and management and how they are differentiated.
Understanding Business and Management Research: Quantitative and qualitative methods in management research. Understanding research reports and utilising this information to improve quality of work and decision-making in complex management problems.
Dissertation: Researching and writing a 12,000 word dissertation is an integral part of the course. Your dissertation should focus upon empirical research into a management problem or issue of your choice to be agreed with your tutor, who will support you in your research. The dissertation must be submitted by the end of the academic year.
International Marketing: Developing insight and investigative ability to conduct research in developing and implementing market strategies across international sectors.
International and Comparative Human Resources Management: Examining human resources strategy and practice for organisations operating across national boundaries, including the EU and its member states, the USA, Japan and South East Asia.
Global Diversity Management: Training and development activities for diverse workforces with different socio-economic backgrounds, interests, beliefs, and value systems.
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance: Addressing dual business models of shareholder and stakeholder approaches. Considering the broader societal impacts of business activities from the perspectives of moral philosophy, CSR, sustainability and corporate governance.
Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation: Investigating the global knowledge-based economy and wider socio-economic factors affecting knowledge transfer. The use of social engagement in business development.
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and what you will learn on the course.
Entry criteria 2019/20
- A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a related or non-related subject. Work experience is not required.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
The pre-master's course has been designed to prepare international students who have not qualified for direct entry to Brunel University London's Master's degrees. Undertaking a pre-master's course will give you time to adjust to the rigorous research and independent study requirements of a postgraduate degree. This will ensure you get the most out of your master's studies at Brunel University London and go on to achieve graduation in your chosen field. See details.
Teaching and learning
Teaching includes lectures, informal small study groups, and individual or group presentations using a laptop and digital projector.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
Modules are usually assessed by individual assessment or by examination in May.
Coursework and examinations give you a chance to demonstrate critical and constructive thinking and reasoning. Your dissertation is a 12,000 word document that will show your ability to conceive, design and execute a major project, which confidently substantiates your chosen line of enquiry.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
Brunel University is offering Academic Excellence Scholarships to postgraduate students (15%) and scholarships for Brunel Alumni (15%).
Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).