• 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 students who want to specialise in the business environment of the European Union within a programme offering general international business content. The compulsory elements provide core training in principles of international business management and research methods, as well as a core (full-year) module in European Management and European Political Economy. We place emphasis on developing the necessary research skills to understand critically and to contribute constructively to research in the field of international business and management in general.

      Students completing the programme will have developed knowledge, skills and competencies to be able to analyse problems in international business, in particular in relation to the business environment of the European Union, both in conceptual and practical terms; carry out research, in terms of critical appraisal; theory development and the application of theories, concepts and principles and the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods; understand the multidisciplinary context in which the knowledge about international business exists.

      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.

        How to apply

        Application deadlines and interviews

          As early as possible, but no later than September.

          Online application

          International Business and the European Union (MSc) (Part-time)

          International Business and the European Union (MSc) (Full-time)

          Why study this course at Birkbeck?

          • Provides a rigorous, research-based understanding of key issues in international business and management.
          • Enables you to gain a critical, research-based understanding of a broad range of key issues in international business and management within a specialisation in the business environment of the European Union.
          • 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.
          • 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.


          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 business, industry, and local and national government. The emphasis on business within the European Union provides students with a specialisation that is highly valued in many contexts. 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.

          Birkbeck offers a wide range of free careers support and advice for students.

          Teaching and assessment


          Lectures, seminars, guest speakers and group work.

          We also offer student support and study facilities.


          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.