• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Duration:

      2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

    • Attendance:

      1-2 evenings a week part-time; 2-3 evenings a week full-time.

      October to June (3 terms)

    • Location:

        Central London

      Programme overview

      This programme is designed for graduates who wish to develop a thorough understanding of key issues in international business and management, with a particular focus on how firms might internationalise and develop effective international business strategies to address business threats and opportunities in the international market.

      The programme combines specialist taught courses with general training in management, business organisation, strategy and research methods. You also complete a dissertation on a topic covered by the programme, supervised by a member of staff undertaking research within that area.

      Students completing the programme develop knowledge, skills and the competency to be able to analyse critical issues in international business with both qualitative and quantitative methods, and to design and implement international business strategy and policy development. It is particularly relevant if you are, or would like to be, a manager with responsibility for international business and policy affairs in a private or public sector organisation.

      Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

      We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

      We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

      The Programme Director and Personal Tutor for this programme is Dr P. E. Tolentino.

      How to apply

      Application deadlines and interviews

        As early as possible, but no later than September.

        Online application

        International Business (MSc) (Part-time)

        International Business (MSc) (Full-time)

        Why study this course at Birkbeck?

        • Provides you with a critical, research-based understanding of a broad range of key issues in international business and management.
        • Taught by a team with an international reputation in their respective areas.
        • Birkbeck's Strategy and International Business Research Group supports the programme as a centre for research, training and policy advice on foreign direct investment and knowledge diffusion, globalisation of innovative activities, comparative business systems and management, international human resource management and international business strategy. The research group organises seminars and publishes major books and academic papers in the world’s leading journals within its field of interest.
        • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
        • Academic tutorial support and guidance systems are in place in the Department of Management to ensure your academic and personal development. The School also has a dedicated learning coordinator, who will support you in your studies and offer help and advice on a wide range of study skills.
        • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.
        • Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.

        Entry requirements

        Normally at least a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent; other qualifications will be considered.

        A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College.

        Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications.

        International entry requirements

        If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

        Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

        Fees

        Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa
        Full-time home/EU students: £ 10450 pa
        Part-time overseas students: £ 7975 pa
        Full-time overseas students: £ 15950 pa

        Payment and Fees Discounts

        Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

        Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

        Funding and Financial Support

        Finishing your undergraduate degree this year? Current Birkbeck students are eligible for a £10,000 scholarship to fund a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015-2016.

        Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

        Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

        Careers and employability

        Graduates can pursue careers in international business, management both in the public and private sectors, and human resources. Possible professions include management consultant, human resource officer, or marketing executive. This degree can also be useful in working for a multinational company as a logistics and distribution officer or a systems analyst.

        Find out more about these professions.

        Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

        We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

        Teaching and assessment

        Teaching

        Each module is taught via lectures and seminars lasting 1 term. Research supervision is provided for the dissertation.

        We also offer student support and study facilities.

        Assessment

        A combination of examinations, coursework and a 12,000-word dissertation.

        Our research

        Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

        Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent.

        Read about Birkbeck research offering insights and expertise to inform business, contribute to economic success and develop ground-breaking technologies.

        Further study opportunities

        If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Management.

        Progress to a PhD will normally be dependent on gaining at least a merit grade in the Master's programme. It will also be dependent on a member of the teaching staff agreeing to act as principal supervisor for your PhD research.