About the course

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):

  1. One-year full-time MSc International Business (September & January entry)
  2. Two-year MSc International Business (Sandwich) (September entry ONLY) 
  3. Two-year MSc International Business with Advanced Research (September entry ONLY)

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc (SW) International Business
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc International Business

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 outstanding learning environment.
  • Study alongside postgraduate students from around the world, developing a truly international perspective on today’s corporate challenges.
  • Build a global network of contacts, creating friendships, collaborations and potential career opportunities.
  • Tailor your Master’s to suit you, with a range of optional modules, start dates and course lengths.

Key staff

Dr Priyanka Roy
Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Xiangping (Suzie) Du
Programme Leader

What our
students say

The moment I reached the University’s campus, I realised that I made the right decision. Everyone is so warm and welcoming and ready to guide with all queries. The Module Leaders, tutors and The Programme Leaders are excellent with lecture delivery, methodology of teaching and excellent life-time mentors who are always ready to help and guide with every step-in life that we may find questionable or confusing.

A. Gogoi

MSc International Business with Placement Year graduate

Course details


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.

What job can I get?

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.

Teaching methods

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.

Work Placement

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.


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    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
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    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

    Course length
    • Sandwich, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    25/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    25/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Mandatory Sandwich Placement year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students