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MSc International Business

Why choose Herts?

  • Flexibility: You have the option either to complete the course on fast track in one academic year, or in two years with a choice of a work placement or advanced research.
  • Industry Connections: Hertfordshire Business School is very well connected and hosts regular business networking events with large organisations such as BT, Tesco, and Ocado.
  • Employment Prospects: Our graduates are Business Developers, Senior Managers, and Commercial Operation Managers in organisations including Royal Mail, Network Rail, and BT.

Alumni Stories

Ayesha Mehta

Meet Ayesha. With support from the University’s Student Wellbeing team, Ayesha excelled at Herts and is now an Expenditure Account Assistant for a global company.

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Current job roleExpenditure Account Assistant for BMS World Mission
Year of graduation2022
Course of studyMSc International Business
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A strong support network

Ayesha has been hearing impaired since birth and before arriving at Herts, she felt that she didn’t have a strong support network. In her words, ‘I was clueless about what I needed to do in class or how I could study. I shared my concerns with the University’s Student Wellbeing service, and they were amazing. When classes were held online because of the pandemic, I was provided with live transcribing software so that I didn’t miss any details and I was also given a notetaker.’

This peace of mind allowed Ayesha to develop her skills in other areas, namely public speaking. Ayesha says, ‘I was anxious about speaking in front of people, but my tutors offered a supportive environment and encouraged us to participate. This boosted my confidence, which led to me winning an award for best poster presentation during the Supply Chain Management module. The module leader then asked me and 10 peers to present our poster to a panel of judges in a separate competition at the University. I came third and the judges praised me for my confidence.’

Her career ambitions

Ayesha is now an Expenditure Account Assistant for BMS World Mission, a Christian mission organisation working in 30 countries. Her long-term goal is to work for a major financial company in the UK and to volunteer to help vulnerable children across the world.

Ayesha believes the MSc International Business course changed her life. She says, ‘I was working in a different field before I came to Herts. If you keep a positive mindset and work hard, you will be able to overcome any challenges you face.’

Alumni Stories

Naveed Qazi

Meet Naveed who pursued a career in banking and construction in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, before realising his true passion was in creative writing.

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Current jobWriter
Year of graduation2012
Course of studyMSc International Business
Naveed Qazi

Life at Herts

Naveed’s time at Herts prepared him for success and he credits his time studying for his Masters at University as teaching him focus, determination, self-confidence and finesse. He says, ‘Studying in the UK was a life changing experience for me, and I carry one of the University’s graduate attributes with me in my writing career; to seek knowledge throughout life.’

‘My time as a course representative taught me leadership, time management, and the ability to liaise with academic staff by giving them direct student feedback relating to the course. I found the academic staff to be very supportive as they always wanted the students to achieve their best from the course.’

Naveed chose to study at Herts because the course content sounded interesting, and the location was also a big selling factor. He says, ‘The course covered important aspects of business studies relating to international business which included the cultural element. I was also drawn by the location of the University being so close to London, but with its own rich history rooted in Hertfordshire. I found the area to be a charming place to live and study. The University itself had a multicultural, vibrant environment that I feel enhanced my learning experience.’

Future aspirations

As well as being the proud author of seven books, Naveed also runs his own website and blog, Globe Upfront. The focus of his content is dedicated to global issues, and his ambition is to grow his readership in the future.

About the course

MSc International Business is an innovative flagship programme with flexible entry points and pathways. The programme is 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 offers three award routes that you can choose to study:  

The one-year full-time MSc International Business welcomes you for both September and January entry.

The programme offers you the opportunity to explore international business in a number of areas, including economics, finance, strategy, marketing, management, human resource, and supply chain management. There will also be the opportunity to conduct an independent major research project in your area of interest.

Throughout the programme, you will gain a unique combination of skills sought after by employers all over the world. These include communication, numeracy, 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 your close friends and a few may even become your future business partners.

Why choose this course?

Our Postgraduate studies are sector leading amongst over 100 Higher Education Institutions in the UK as evidenced by our extraordinary achievement:

  • 1st out of 85 universities for business and management in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023)
  • 1st for Skills Development, 2nd for Support, Resources, Community and Assessment (Advance HE, 2023)

The one-year full-time programme is a great opportunity for those of you who want to pursue traditional postgraduate study in the UK for just one year. It provides the opportunity for you to:

  • study a range of business subjects from a holistic perspective in an international business context
  • develop a unique combination of skills that are transferrable to a professional workplace and sought after by employers worldwide
  • obtain a world-recognised Masters’ degree and move on to further studies or employment after just one academic year (12 months)
  • engage in a wider university curriculum within our diverse community, and enhance your employability to graduate with more than just a degree (Go Herts Awards). 

What will I study?

You will study eight subjects led by experts in the field which include economics, finance, strategy, marketing, human resource and supply chain management in the first two semesters (Semester A and B), and conduct an independent major research project in the last semester (Semester C) supported by a supervisor.

You will be taught through a varied programme of teaching and learning that includes small group discussions, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and lectures. Sessions will be delivered by subject specialists as well as practitioners and consultants to provide a diverse perspective on the topics covered.

You will be assessed individually or in teams through a variety of assessment methods including written reports of various lengths, presentations, in-class tests and practical assignments. You will also be required to complete a longer research project for the research component of your programme.

  • 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
    Marketing Across Cultures 15 Credits Compulsory
    International and Comparative HRM 15 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership and Management in International Business 15 Credits Compulsory
    MSc IB Major Research Project 60 Credits Compulsory
    Business Research Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Accounting and Finance for International Business 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Key staff

    Dr Priyanka Roy
    Programme Leader
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    Dr Ricky Wong
    Deputy Programme Leader
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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
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    Programme specifications
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    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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