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Queen Mary Summer School

International Business

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Academic Lead: Dr Evangelos Markopoulos

This course offers you a broad overview of the process of economic ‘globalisation’ and changes in international business over time. The focus is on the multinational firm set in the context of trends in the world economy. It will give you a critical, strategic and comparative perspective on the nature and scope of international business, its origins, development, and theories. You will examine these issues through case studies. Our Mile End campus is in the heart of London’s East End, close to the financial district and Canary Wharf, and we have strong links with leading multinational firms that have made London their base.

Teaching in lectures and seminars will be supplemented with a number of structured study and business skills sessions, and field trips in the city of London with current students and members of the School’s alumni community. As a student in London, you will also be able to explore the city’s unparalleled range of specialist archives and libraries, including the London School of Economics (LSE)’s social science library.

Download course syllabus: SUM501A International Business_2020 [PDF 162KB]

Course content is subject to change.

Course aims

This course will:

  • offer you an overview of how change in the world economy affects international business and the role of multinational firms in this process
  • provide you with a dynamic and internationally comparative perspective on multinational firms and the world economy
  • explain and assess theoretical approaches to understanding multinational firms and their activities based on empirical case studies.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and field trips.

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • identify the key drivers of international business and assess their differential impacts on firms
  • explain the basic theories of international business and critically examine their relevance to contemporary global business
  • critically interrogate theories explaining the emergence and activities of multinational firms.

You will be able to:

  • debate critically and respectfully
  • deliver arguments orally and in writing
  • work collaboratively on a group presentation
  • understand and express the value of a study abroad experience in developing an academic and professional career pathway
  • think critically and independently
  • express your views sensitively and effectively
  • consider issues of social responsibility and sustainability when contemplating challenges in business management. 


The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £1,700 per session, which includes tution and social programme. 

We offer a 10% discount to:

  • Students and staff from partner institutions
  • Alumni
  • Current Queen Mary students 


The cost of accommodation is £670 per session. For further information, please visit our  page.

Additional costs and course excursions

There may be additional costs for field trips, such as entry to exhibitions, which will be in the region of £10-20.
All reading material will be provided online, so it is not necessary to purchase any books.

Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.

Entry requirements

To join our Summer School, you should have completed a minimum of two semesters’ study at your home institution.

We welcome Summer School students from around the world. We accept a range of qualifications:

  • if your home institution uses the four-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale, we usually require a 3.0 GPA
  • if your home institution uses the letter scale, you will need to have a B+

We welcome international qualifications and we consider every application individually on its academic merit.

English language requirements

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English. If English isn’t your first language, you must meet one of the following English Language requirements in order to join the Queen Mary Summer School:

  • If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country plus Canada you may use this degree to satisfy the English language requirements for entry, provided the degree was completed no more than 5 years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.
  • IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all sub scores
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 92 (L21; S23; R22; W24)
  • China UEE (University Entrance Exam) -  110
  • CET 4 – 550 or CET 6 – 490
  • PTE Academic 62
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English 176 60- grade C (old marking system)
  • Applicants with an alternative qualification should check it is equivalent to the above or contact us at


How to apply

Have a question? Get in touch, one of the team will be happy to help. 


Teaching dates
Summer School 2020
Course hours
150 hours (of which 45 will be contact hours)
Group presentation (20%), 1,500-word essay (80%)

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