MSc International Business is an innovative flagship programme designed to help you build a strong understanding of the way organisations operate globally, and help develop specialist skills that enable you to work effectively across national borders.
The programme gives you the opportunity to explore international business from a number of perspectives, including economics, finance, strategy, marketing, management, human resource, and supply chain. There will also be the opportunity to conduct an independent major research project in your area of interest.
The programme offers 3 award routes (See ‘Course and Module Structure’ for details):
Throughout the programme, you will gain a unique combination of skills sought after by employers all over the world. These include communication, numeracy, graphics, team-working, cross-cultural awareness, reflective learning and the ability to critically analyse complex business challenges to reach considered creative solutions.
You will also build a strong network of international contacts – some will become their close friends and a few may even become their future business partners.
Dr Priyanka Roy
Deputy Programme Leader
Dr Xiangping (Suzie) Du
Every aspect of this Master’s is designed to give you an international experience. You’ll benefit from our academic team’s international expertise and connections, as well as the School’s excellent global business links. You’ll also study alongside postgraduate students from all over the world, gaining direct experience of other cultures and creating a worldwide network of friends and contacts.
The University of Hertfordshire also regularly hosts visiting professors from international universities and speakers from leading companies, who each bring their own perspectives on the challenges facing the business world today.
This is a life-changing Master’s, dramatically developing your skills, understanding and confidence. You will graduate as a more mature professional, better able to cope with stress and change, more sensitive to cultural differences, more capable of operating in a fast-moving global environment, and more able to see opportunities where others only see threats. Our graduates from MSc International Business programme tend to work in different fields and sectors all over the world.
We offer a varied programme of teaching and learning that includes small group discussions, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective on the topics covered.
You will be assessed through a variety of coursework including written reports of various lengths, presentations and practical assignments individually or in teams. You will also be required to complete a longer research document, in conjunction with a supervisor, for the research component of your programme.
The MSc International Business (Sandwich) programme provides you (Semester A entry ONLY) with the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your studies, normally a minimum of 36 weeks full-time equivalent placement activity.
You must normally achieve a Semester A grade average of 60% to proceed onto the placement. You are responsible to identify and apply for placements, and are supported by the University’s Careers and Employment Service, and the School’s ‘Preparation for the Workplace’ module. You will typically need to secure a placement by the end of Semester B in order to process the necessary paperwork required.
The ‘Sandwich’ award requires you to successfully complete a minimum of 36 weeks full-time ‘Professional Work Placement’, and pass the ‘Work Placement Portfolio’, milestone reports during their placement.
Those who are not academically eligible or not able to secure a placement by a given deadline will be transferred to the two-year ‘with Advanced Research’ route.
|The Global Economy||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|International Business Strategy||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|International Supply Chain Management||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Global e-Business||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Finance for International Business||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Marketing Across Cultures||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|International and Comparative HRM||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Preparation for the Workplace||0 Credits||Compulsory|
|Work Placement Portfolio||0 Credits||Compulsory|
|Professional Work Placement||0 Credits||Compulsory|
|Leadership and Management in International Business||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Research and Project Skills||0 Credits||Compulsory|
|MSc IB Major Research Project||60 Credits||Compulsory|
*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.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
An honours degree (at least 2:2 or equivalent) in any discipline, a degree equivalent professional qualification or appropriate work experience.
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.