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Development and International Business

MSc ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

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Development and International Business MSc

In recent years interest in the relationship between international business and (especially international) development has increased. This new degree offers a framework for exploring the changing relationship between states and markets, politics of development, foreign direct investment, international institutions of global political-economic governance, global working lives, economic restructuring, migrant labour, multinational companies, work, geo-politics, industrialization and development. 

This programme:

  • will help you to develop advanced and critical understandings of the development of international business from various intellectual perspectives. From neo-liberal and mainstream business studies approaches, through to more critical approaches which engage with questions of power and resistance
  • will give you an advanced theoretical grounding in the core aspects, and history and politics of, business and its growing internationalisation
  • will equip you with the skills to conduct rigorous empirical analysis and enquiry
  • offers distinctive opportunities to conduct independent field-based research in diverse locations
  • will prepare you for a broad range of careers but will specifically deliver the research skills and substantive knowledge required by NGOs, development organisations and national government departments.

Become part of QMUL Geography

  • Professional and friendly environment: We are recognised as an international centre for excellence in teaching and research. Our work is at the forefront of geography, shaping debates and providing significant new insight and understanding. We are also known for our friendly and welcoming ethos and are home to many of contemporary human geography's best known scholars. Joining the School of Geography places you alongside academics that are actively developing and challenging contemporary thinking in their field. 
  • Research excellence: Almost 80 per cent of the School’s research outputs (books and articles) are rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) placing it 5th in the UK for this measure. Our scores increased across all areas in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and we were ranked joint 11th for geography in the UK overall. We are also proud to feature in the top 100 geography departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
  • Employability: Students completing this programme will be well-placed to enter governmental, non-governmental organisations, civil society, and academic research roles.
  • Twilight teaching: Some optional modules will include evening classes (5-7pm) and intensive teaching periods will condense required attendance. Small group teaching will provide students the unique opportunity to work closely with leading academics in this field of study.
  • Capital location: We're a School that cares about the world beyond the university, working with a range of community groups, artists, cultural and heritage institutions and policy makers, particularly here in east London. Our passion is to demonstrate through research and teaching the intellectual and political significance of geographical research and understanding. We encourage our students to become part of this vibrant intellectual culture.

Funding 

  • Walter Oldershaw Award: eight awards (£3,000 each) are available across all masters degrees offered by the School of Geography
  • Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award: all graduates of QMUL are awarded a £1,000 bursary 
  • Postgraduate Loans Scheme: eligible students are able to borrow loans up to £10,000 
  • Read more about these opportunities on the funding a masters page

Facilities

  • Weekly research seminars: As a postgraduate student you will be invited to weekly research seminars as well as several research frameworks sessions with top-level academic researchers.
  • Dedicated working space: QMUL's new Graduate Centre, opened in early 2017, provides excellent teaching and learning spaces for all postgraduate students, including a 200-seat lecture theatre, study spaces, seminar rooms, an open-plan study area, landscaped courtyard and a cafe. Additionally, postgraduate students have desk and computing space in dedicated offices within the School of Geography and access to facilities for specialist statistical and Geographical Information System (GIS) analyses, desktop publishing and the processing of video and electronic images.  
  • University of London network: QMUL is a part of the University of London, so our students have access to the facilities, learning resources and libraries across the group's institutions. You can also use the first-rate resources of other libraries with London collections (e.g. the British Library).

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Structure

The programme is made up of 180 credits. For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory

Core module:

  • Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)

Compulsory modules:

  • Re-theorising Development Futures (30 credits) 
  • Research Design and Methods (15 credits) 
  • World Economy and Development (15 credits) 

Option modules: 

  • Democracy, Rights and Citizenship (15 credits)
  • Economics of Development (15 credits)
  • Global Governance and International Organisations (15 credits) 
  • Global Supply Chain Management (15 credits) 
  • Global Working Lives (15 credits) 
  • Migration and Mobilities (15 credits)
  • Multinationals and Global Business (15 credits) 
  • New Product Development & Business Ecosystems (15 credits) 
  • Organisational Behaviour (15 credits) 
  • Social and Political Marketing (15 credits) 

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Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification), together with two supportive references, at least one of which must be academic. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 7.0.

Read more about English language requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)20 7882 5533 or email admissions@qmul.ac.uk.

It is not necessary to have a first degree in geography and we welcome applicants from different backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

For detailed country-specific entry requirements please visit the international section of our website.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercises and role-plays as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent study

For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work and completing projects.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning requirements and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Assessment on each of the modules is through a variety of coursework assignments ranging from extended essays to reviews.

Dissertation

You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation (equivalent to 60 credits) on a topic of your choice relating to the programme. You will be assigned an academic supervisor from the School of Geography who will provide guidance and advice on your dissertation research. You will meet your supervisor at least six times from January through to June in order to ensure that work is on track for completion.

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full time £8,200

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full time £14,850

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate Employment

Profiles

Professor Kavita Datta, Professor of Development Geography

Kavita Datta

"I am a development geographer and my recent research has focused on transnational migration from the Global South to the North. This interest has been developed in a series of independent or collaborative projects investigating the changing nature, politics and sensibility of work and transnational migration to global cities like London. It explores how and why ‘new’ migrants have come to dominate low-paid work here, the everyday financial practices of new migrant communities and the scale and scope of Muslim migrants' philanthropic networks in post-recession London."

Dr Liam Campling, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy

Liam

"I am interested in the theory, politics and industrial organisation of the business enterprise and global value chains; international trade policy, its negotiation and relationship to global production; and the political economy of development and the environment. I am currently working on a project that looks at the relationship between capitalism and the sea, both historically and theoretically.

"In addition to academic research I have undertaken commissioned research on a range of themes including trade policy, social policy and industry analysis for a variety of organisations, such as the Commonwealth Secretariat; Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission; International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development; International Transport Workers Federation; and United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. I have also worked part-time for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) since 2007 as an advisor on the global tuna industry and international trade policy."

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