MSc Global Business

We welcome applications from international and EU students

About the course

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Course and module structure

The University of Hertfordshire’s MSc Global Business is part of the innovative International Business School Alliance (IBSA) dual Master’s degree programme. It is an exciting opportunity to study in two countries, at two highly respected institutions, gaining two prestigious Master’s degrees (one of which could be an MBA) and a distinct career advantage in one life-changing year.

You will either spend your first semester studying a powerful set of core subjects with us at Hertfordshire, before choosing one of six specialisations, or you could join us for your specialisation. Each of these is based at a different international institution with an excellent reputation in that field, so as well as studying at Hertfordshire, you will be able to travel to Paris, Moscow, Bremen, Valencia or North Carolina to study abroad.

The programme is offered in full-time (one calendar year) mode and leads to the award of an MSc Degree in Global Business. Entry is normally at level 7 (with a cognate first degree qualification). The intake here at Hertfordshire may be semester A (September) for compulsory subjects or semester B (January) for the specialisation and project.

To achieve your dual degree, you will need to successfully study at two different institutions. When you graduate, you will be awarded a sought-after Master’s from each. Along the way you will develop new language skills, supporting future career opportunities in the UK and overseas.

By tailoring your postgraduate study around your own strengths, interests and ambitions, you will create a distinctive degree that helps you carve out the career you really want. You will be equipped with the business understanding, in-depth specialist skills, international experience and language abilities you need to stand out in today’s competitive global business world.

Whichever institution you travel to, IBSA’s focus on theoretical and empirical postgraduate learning enables you to become a truly exceptional business professional, with a strong network of colleagues and outstanding career possibilities all over the world.

This is a vigorous, intensive Master’s degree best suited to self-motivated, ambitious and dedicated postgraduate students. These strengths will take you through a demanding and hugely rewarding year of study abroad and here at Hertfordshire, as well as giving you an excellent basis for your future career. 

Partner Institutions

Beyond the core modules you will study during your first semester, you will also have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of management, either abroad or in the UK. Each of our partner universities offers a different specialisation based on its research strengths and expertise and all modules are taught in English. 

Hochschule Bremen (HSB)

Award: MBA; Specialism: International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Universitat de Valencia Estudi General (UV)

Award: Master in International Business Administration (iMBA); Specialism: International Marketing

Russian Presidential Academy (RANEPA), IBS (Moscow)

Award: Master in International Management; Specialism: Management in Emerging Markets

University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)

Award: MBA; Specialism: International Finance and Investments

University of Hertfordshire (UH)

Award: MSc in Global Business; Specialism: Human Resource Management

Why choose this course?

  • Achieve two sought-after Master’s degrees in just one year: an MSc and an MBA.
  • Travel and study abroad, gaining new perspectives, exceptional experience and language skills.
  • Create contacts and employment opportunities in a whole range of fascinating countries.
  • Shape your Master’s around your interests, so it paves the way for the career you want.
  • Make your CV stand out, with postgraduate qualifications and international experience that appeal to potential employers.

Key staff

Mr Alfie Jackson
IBSA Coordinator

Dr. Andri Georgiadou
Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and Programme Director

Mr Paul Smith
Joint Head of Subject Group (HR)

Professional Accreditations

  • Hochschule Bremen’s International MBA is approved by the Bremen State Government and accredited by ZEvA (Zentrale Evaluations und Akkreditierungsagentur Hannover).
  • Universitat de Valencia’s MA International Business is accredited by ANECA (National Agency for Quality and Accreditation) and the Valencian Quality and Accreditation Agency. 
  • The Russian Presidential Academy’s MSc in International Management is accredited by EPAS and the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency of Education of the Russian Federation. 
  • The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s International MBA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Careers

The IBSA Master’s equips you for leadership roles in businesses where global issues play a major part in the decision-making process. The opportunity to study abroad means you will develop a strong awareness of economic and cultural diversity, significantly strengthening your professional, managerial and entrepreneurial skill set.

Throughout this postgraduate course, we nurture talented, globally focused professionals cable of meeting the needs of ambitious international businesses. We will prepare you to tackle global business challenges at a managerial level, enabling you to travel, adapt to new environments and help businesses thrive in diverse social, cultural, economic and political circumstances. 

Teaching methods

We offer a varied programme of teaching that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered.

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework including presentations, reports and projects. You will also be required to complete a dissertation and will be supported by a dissertation supervisor.

Study Abroad

Taking your Master’s as part of the IBSA programme opens up a whole world of opportunities. Not only does a dual Master’s really make your CV stand out to leading employers, but international experience creates even more international opportunities. You be a valuable asset to UK-based businesses operating globally, as well as to organisations across Europe and beyond.

This really is a cross-cultural postgraduate experience and you will benefit both professionally and personally from exposure to different academic, cultural and professional traditions when you study abroad. You will build valuable language skills and grow in confidence as you travel to new places, face new challenges and develop sought-after new skills.

With its emphasis on both businesses and travel, IBSA also helps you meet peers and potential employers all over the world. They have a well-established online social network, providing opportunities to connect with fellow postgraduate students, alumni and businesses, building a strong, sustainable professional network.

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Dissertation: International Business - 60 Credits
  • Postgraduate Online Research Methods - 0 Credits
  • Global Strategic Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Global Marketing Strategies - 15 Credits
  • International Finance - 15 Credits
  • International HRM in the Global Environment - 15 Credits
  • Strategic HRM - 15 Credits
  • People Resourcing - 15 Credits
  • International Business Analytics - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Managing Across Cultures - 15 Credits
  • Remuneration: Strategy and Practice - 15 Credits
  • Leadership and Management Development - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £6045 for 1 semester in Hertfordshire for the 2018/2019 academic year
  • £7380 for 2 semesters in Hertfordshire for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £6045 for 1 semester in Hertfordshire for the 2018/2019 academic year
  • £7380 for 2 semesters in Hertfordshire for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

A good honours degree (2.2) in a business or related discipline. Demonstrated English proficiency at an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
- GCSE English language grade A-C
- IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

In order to participate actively and effectively in the IBSA Program, students must have a sound basis of knowledge in business and economics at the undergraduate level. They must therefore hold at least a second lower class degree relevant (or cognate) to business management (e.g., bachelor’s degrees in business, economics, accounting, finance or management). If they have another bachelor’s degree, it is necessary to give proof of participation in several business classes and/or provide proof of additional relevant skills or professional experience.

How to apply

2018

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2019

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