International Business

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


By exploring the extent and limitations as well as the benefits and risks of globalisation, this programme will enable you to develop a systematic understanding of the globalised environment in which modern businesses and economies must operate.

On this programme, you will develop applied knowledge and reasoning in relation to the economics of globalisation and the resulting challenges to business strategy and management. You will cover a broad range of topics, including the international economy, macroeconomic policy and finance, managerial economics, multinationals and global business – all the while maintaining a focus on the practice of effective research and analytical techniques.

This programme will:

  • Introduce you to the process of globalisation and the implications of globalisation for business firms and their managers
  • Explain how and why the world's economies differ
  • Present a review of the economies and policies of global trade and investment
  • Examine different strategies that business can adopt to complete in the global marketplace and enter specific foreign markets.

Why study your MSc in International Business at Queen Mary?

The School of Business and Management has built a strong reputation for our distinctive approach, in particular our focus on the interdisciplinary nature of business and management.

We concentrate on developing your communication and presentation skills, as well as your ability to offer insightful analysis and creative thinking. We draw on a long history of human thought, working on the principle that a truly practical business education teaches you to think beyond textbooks, management fads, and memorised formulas for success.

  • This programme is unique in providing insight into the theory, policies and practices in the broad field of international business
  • You will develop effective research and analytical techniques along with an overview of the development of international business
  • Particularly successful graduates will be able to use the qualification as an entry into PhD research.
  • This programme will enhance your career prospects by giving you an understanding of the complexity of similarities and differences in policies and practices of international economy and business.


Our PGT students will have swipe card access to the Innovation Pod, Think Pod, and the QUBE Mac Suite; all located on the Third floor of the Bancroft Building.  The Think Pod is an interactive collaboration space with presentation, recording and video conferencing facilities. The Innovation Pod provides workspaces for individual learning. The QUBE Mac Suite is a workspace for student entrepreneurs providing 27-inch iMac computers with state-of- the art media creation and editing software.

You will have full access to the Business and Management School’s resources including datasets and accounting resources relevant to this programme. You will use QMplus (our online learning environment) to access their reading lists, lecture slides, discussion forums and assessment.  On arrival you will have a bespoke induction programme of activities and dedicated administrative support.

You will have access to the The Learning Resource centre which has 200 networked PCs and is open round the clock with dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. 


The MSc in International Business is currently available for one year full-time study. You will take eight modules, six compulsories and two electives, spread over two semester 1 and 2, followed by a dissertation of 10,000 words in semester 3. In order to reflect the practical and applied side of this programme, the School organises a number of extra elective modules that aim to provide further practical training to students, whose subject matter changes from year to year.

Please note that your pattern of study will vary depending on your module choices. For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory.

Semester 1

Compulsory modules:

Each module is worth 15 credits

  • Quantitative Research Methods (BUSM014)
  • The Global Economy (BUSM022)
  • International Macroeconomics and Finance (BUSM041)
  • Managerial Economics (BUSM051)


  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178) - non credit bearing

Semester 2

Compulsory modules:

Each module is worth 15 credits

  • Multinationals and Global Business (BUSM028)
  • Applied Empirical Methods (BUSM112)

Electives (choose two):

Each module is worth 15 credits 

  • Corporate Governance(BUSM060)
  • Economics of Development (BUSM073)
  • International Business Strategy (BUSM089)
  • New Product Development and Business Ecosystems (BUSM084)
  • Behavioural Finance and Decision Making (BUSM085)
  • Complex Networks and Innovation (BUSM132)
  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178) - non credit bearing

Semester 3

Core module:

  • Dissertation for International Business (BUSM103) (60 Credits)

(A core module must be taken and passed. A compulsory module must be taken.)

NoteThe modules are correct at the time of reading.  Information based upon modules offered during the 2018/19 academic year.  However, we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Entry requirements

A good upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject. Quantitative skills and some prior knowledge of economics are required. IELTS 7.0 (with 6.0 in writing) or equivalent is required.

Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet our minimum 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 at Queen Mary's Mile End Campus in London.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)20 7882 5533 or email

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

Learning and teaching

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. You can expect two to three hours of contact time per module, per week.

Independent study

For every hour spent in 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; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

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 needs 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 takes a number of different forms including coursework essays, assignments and presentations, and examinations that take place in May or early June. You must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to the dissertation, which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.


Over the summer term, you will write a 10,000-word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £12,950
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £24,950
Part-time study is not available for this course


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 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

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


Alumni - Denitsva Georgieva

Studied: MSc Global Business (now MSc International Business)

Current employment: Junior Project/Event Manager at Euro Consultants S.A.

Why did you choose Queen Mary as your place of study?
After doing thorough research on the different MSc programmes offered by the leading educational institutions in London, Queen Mary was an easy choice for me ¿ it offered the best mix of core and elective courses that I was looking for. In addition to the curriculum of the programme, the reputation of the University, the quality of teaching, the University¿s central location and large lively campus were among the decisive factors. Another important reason that I chose Queen Mary was the staff, who displayed great professionalism since the day I started my application. I immediately realised the friendly and supportive environment that is characteristic of Queen Mary.

How did your time at Queen Mary prepare you for your current job?
As a student at Queen Mary I tried to get the most out of my time there which helped me to further many of my skills and personal qualities. As a member of two societies and as a Course Representative I had the chance to meet different people as well as to enhance my communication, presentation and, most of all, interpersonal skills. Thanks to the friendships I made, I learned a great deal about different cultures and distant places which is helping me when organising events with participants from non-EU countries. In addition, coursework, reports and Master¿s dissertation furthered my research and analytical skills which are very important for my present work.  Nevertheless, passing the long and tough recruitment process would have been difficult without the valuable support of the people from the career¿s services who gave me very professional advice in terms of my CV and interview preparation.

What does your current job involve day-to-day?
My position as project and event manager includes a variety of challenging but very interesting tasks. As a junior project manager I participate in the preparation of tender offers under the Better Training for Safer Food programme of the European Commission and I support the project manager in the full project management cycle. My main responsibilities include communication and negotiations with different stakeholders, preparation of analyses and reports to the European Commission, organisation and on-site coordination of conferences as well as administrative and logistical follow-up in back-office. Perhaps the most interesting but also the most demanding part of my job is going regularly on missions and meetings abroad.

What can current students do to prepare for getting a job in your area?
No matter the area in which students would like to pursue a career, I would advise them to be as active as possible and to take part in as many activities as they can. This would develop their intrinsic skills and will help them to make difference at the time of recruitment.


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