Learn more about our International Business taught Master's degree.
MSc International Business focuses on detailed insight into contemporary challenges faced across global economies. Warwick Business School, ranked 6th most targeted University by top employers (The Graduate Market in 2022 Report), will help you develop your career by gaining knowledge of relevant theories and their practical applications.
If you are a graduate looking to develop a career in international business, this course will give you the skills and knowledge needed to do business in a global context. You will develop an appreciation of the special requirements for successfully conducting business across national boundaries along with knowledge of relevant theories and their practical application to business cases.
There is a choice of Dissertation, or Business in Practice route. If you are considering further academic study (PhD) and you would like the opportunity to research a topic relating to international business, the dissertation enables you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained.
If you would like to develop further applied skills to suit your career aspirations, you can complete your studies with one additional optional module and our applied Business in Practice module.
Skills from this degree
- Gain the specialist skills needed to do business in a global context
- Become an expert in your own areas of interest with our range of optional modules
- Showcase your learnings in practice with the applied Business in Practice module
- Develop your industry acumen by accessing our CareersPlus service with specialist careers coaches.
General entry requirements
At least a 2:1 degree at Undergraduate level or equivalent. We consider applicants from all undergraduate backgrounds for this MSc.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
The module aims to develop a critical awareness of the issues, problems, concepts, and skills associated with the development of international business strategy and operations.
Strategy Analysis and Practice
This module will provide you with a foundation for, and a critical assessment of, theoretical and empirical approaches to strategy.
Quantitative Methods for Business
The module will equip you with an understanding of descriptive/inferential statistics and data presentation and enable you to apply the major tools needed for MSc level study and for the use of data analysis in the workplace.
Marketing in an International Environment
Gain a strong conceptual grounding in the core principles of marketing, as needs to be applied by managers in international contexts.
Foundations of Financial & Management Accounting
Gain a comprehensive introduction to financial reporting and management accounting. The unit adopts a user perspective, rather than a specialist accountant perspective.
Fundamentals of Economic Behaviour
Get an introduction to fundamental economic concepts.
International Business Strategy
Develop an understanding of the key strategic challenges facing internationally-focussed businesses and analyse how companies design, implement and manage international strategies.
Work and Human Resources in a Global Context
Understand key contextual features, such as models of capitalism and supranational governance, alongside the prominent role of multinational enterprises as transnational employment relations actors.
Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:
You'll be introduced to the ways in which economists and psychologists have used behavioural theories and experimental methods to provide extensions to, or alternatives to, the conventional economic wisdom covered in the Fundamentals of Economic Behaviour module.
Digital Marketing Technology & Management
Gain an overview of how today's firms use digital marketing practices to achieve their business objectives, giving theoretical and practical subject knowledge and understanding.
Business, International Finance & Economics
This module will provide real world examples and case studies to illustrate how economic thinking helps businesses make the most of new opportunities, while managing the risks associated with expansion into new markets and regions.
Business Analytics for Managers
This module introduces you to the theory and practice of conducting business analytics projects.
Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing
This module aims to develop an understanding of entrepreneurs and the firms they create and manage.
To complete your degree, you will have the option to choose between the Dissertation or Business in Practice route:
If you are considering further academic study (PhD) and you would like the opportunity to research a topic relating to international business, the 6,000-word dissertation enables you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained. You will be supervised and supported throughout and will usually submit your dissertation in early September. The Research Methodology module will help prepare you for the dissertation.
In total, you will study eight core modules and one optional, and complete the Research Methodology module and a dissertation.
Business in Practice route
If you would like to develop further applied skills and specialist knowledge to suit your career aspirations, you can complete your studies with two additional optional modules and our applied Business in Practice module. You will develop deep functional and industry expertise with practical insights from our faculty and our CareersPlus and Corporate Relations team.
In total, you will study eight core modules, two optional modules and also complete the compulsory Business in Practice capstone module.
The typical class size for this course is around 85 students.
Typical contact hours
Students on this MSc will typically receive between 27 and 30 contact hours per module.
Assessment on the course will be comprised of a mix of exams, individual and group work, and tests.
Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, core and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your core modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.
There may be events taking place in the evenings. Classes may run up to 7pm and other events, such as careers presentations may take place later or on weekends. Occasionally, classes and exams may be held on weekends. We will notify you in advance if this is the case.
This is a full-time course, so there are no holidays as such. However, the two weeks covering Christmas and New Year are guaranteed to be free from lectures. There may also be weeks free over the Easter period (check with your programme team). Resit exams may take place outside of standard teaching periods.
We have our own dedicated careers team at Warwick Business School called WBS CareersPlus. You will have access to one-to-one career guidance appointments, CV checks and tailored mock interviews.
The WBS CareersPlus team will support you and help you to understand yourself and your strengths. They can help you to identify possible career paths, and to set and achieve your career ambitions. This helps to boost your employability and helps you prepare for your career.
You can take advantage of personalised careers coaching and advice. Our one to one careers appointments can help you if you have a question about writing applications, wish to explore your career options, or need to prepare for interviews and assessment centres.
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Warwick Business School
If you’re interested in the bigger picture, comfortable challenging assumptions and want a degree that will open doors, then WBS is the place for you. We will give you the foundation for change and prepare you for your future career. Are you ready to make your mark in the world of business?
The vision of WBS is to be Europe’s leading University-based Business School, developing transformational ideas and people that shape how we do business. We recognise that rankings are one way to profile our progress towards fulfilling this vision, and are proud to participate in the major global business education rankings.
- 4th in the UK and 16th in the world - Financial Times Masters in Finance Pre-experience Ranking 2023
- 6th in the UK and 19th in the world - QS Business Masters Rankings 2024
- 1st in the UK and 18th in the world - Economist/WhichMBA - 2021 Masters in Management biennial ranking
- 2nd in the UK and 28th in the world - Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2023
- 3rd in the UK and 18th in the world - QS Business Masters Rankings 2024
MSc Marketing & Strategy
- 2nd in the UK and 9th in the world - QS Business Masters Rankings 2024
MSc Business Analytics
- 2nd in the UK and 14th in the world - QS Business Masters Rankings 2024
Our Postgraduate Taught courses
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- International Business (MSc)
- Management (MSc)
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- Marketing and Strategy (MSc)
- Mathematical Finance (MSc)
- Advanced Management (PGA/PGCert/PGDip)
- Behavioural Science (PGA/PGCert/PGDip)
- Digital Leadership (PGA/PGCert/PGDip)
- Marketing Leadership (PGA/PGCert/PGDip)
- Strategic Leadership & Change (PGA/PGCert/PGDip)
- Strategy & Innovation (PGA/PGCert/PGDip)
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Additional course costs
Please contact your academic department for information about department specific costs, which should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
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How to apply
The application process for courses that start in September and October 2024 will open on 2 October 2023.
Applications will close on 2 August 2024 for students who require a visa to study in the UK, to allow time to receive a CAS and complete the visa application process.
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