MSc International Business
About the course
At the University of Hertfordshire, we’ve created an innovative Master’s in international business, designed to help you build a strong understanding of the way organisations operate globally and help you develop the skills for a hugely rewarding career.
You can now combine this internationally focussed Master's with a year long placement in industry. An attainment of 60% is required from students if they wish to undertake a placement during the course.
Based just 20 minutes from one of the world’s most dynamic global cities, the Hertfordshire campus is a vibrant, supportive study environment, where you’ll learn from leading industry experts and acclaimed academics, developing a detailed understanding of global practices and trends.
You’ll explore international business from a number of perspectives, including economics, finance, strategy, supply chain, management, marketing across cultures and research methods. There’s also the opportunity to choose optional modules to tailor your Master’s studies, as well as to conduct a piece of individual postgraduate research, creating a dissertation or business plan.
Throughout your time at Hertfordshire, you’ll also develop specialist skills that enable you to work effectively across national borders. These include communication, numeracy, graphics, multicultural team-working, reflective learning and the ability to critically analyse complex business challenges to reach considered creative solutions. You’ll also build a strong awareness of cultural, socio-economic and political differences.
This is a life-changing Master’s, dramatically developing your skills, understanding and confidence. You’ll 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.
You’ll have a unique combination of skills sought after by employers all over the world, as well as a strong network of international contacts – some will become your close friends and a few may even become your future business partners.
Partnerships and opportunities
While the majority of our postgraduate students begin this Master’s with a degree or experience in business or management, this isn’t essential. We welcome students without a business background who want to move their career in this direction. We also offer a choice of starting dates and course lengths, so you can shape your studies to suit you.
You’ll be joined here in Hertfordshire by postgraduate students from our partner institutions in Vancouver and Los Angeles, who spend part of their courses studying with us. This is a great opportunity to draw on experiences and perspectives from other parts of the world and creates a vibrant student community, as well as a network of contacts overseas.
The research element of this postgraduate course gives you the opportunity to explore any aspect of global business that particularly interests you. You’ll write a dissertation, business report or business plan and many students find this helps them to focus their ambitions and begin to carve out a specific career path.
Why choose this course?
- Develop the valuable skills and in-depth knowledge you need for a successful international business career.
- Learn from leading academics and industry experts in the University of Hertfordshire’s fantastic learning environment.
- Study alongside postgraduate students from around the world, developing a truly international perspective on today’s corporate challenges.
- Tailor your Master’s to suit you, with a range of optional modules, start dates and course lengths.
- Build a global network of contacts, creating friendships, collaborations and potential career opportunities.
Dr Keith Salmon
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Dr Peter Fraser
Senior Lecturer and module leader for Managing a Small Business
Ms Siegrid Beck
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.
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. You will also be required to complete a longer research document, in conjunction with a supervisor, for the research component of your programme.
As part of our MSc International Business, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement. This will develop your practical understanding of business and allow you to take academic theory and combine it with practical skills.
Our academics draw on a wealth of real-world, hands-on experiences in organisations of all sizes, in all kinds of sectors. They also effectively use case studies to explore the challenges companies face, the approaches they take and the results they achieve.
- International Business Strategy - 15 Credits
- International Supply Chain Management - 15 Credits
- Managing in International Business - 15 Credits
- Managing a Small Business - 15 Credits
- International and Comparative Human Resource Management A - 15 Credits
- Global e-Business - 15 Credits
- Business Plan - 60 Credits
- International Business Report - 60 Credits
Fees & funding
- £6450 for the 2017/2018 academic year
- £12100 for the 2017/2018 academic year
- £8000 for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £665 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £12500 for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £1040 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year
*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.
Other financial support
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.
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.
How to apply
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|28/09/2018||25/09/2019||Apply online (Full Time)|
|21/01/2019||31/07/2020||Apply online (Full Time)|
|28/09/2018||20/05/2019||Apply online (Part Time)|
|20/01/2019||23/05/2019||Apply online (Part Time)|
|25/09/2018||31/05/2019||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
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|28/09/2019||25/09/2020||Apply online (Full Time)|
|21/01/2020||31/07/2021||Apply online (Full Time)|
|28/09/2019||20/05/2020||Apply online (Part Time)|
|20/01/2020||23/05/2020||Apply online (Part Time)|
|25/09/2019||31/05/2020||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|