• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • 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

      The MSc International Business programme seeks to meet the buoyant labour market demand for more postgraduates in the field of international business. This programme is designed for people who wish to develop a critical research-based knowledge and expertise of a broad range of key issues in international business and management at postgraduate level while also enabling a focus on specific areas of study according to personal interests or career requirements. These areas include economics and finance, marketing, employment relations and human resource management, business ethics, globalisation and development.

      The distinctiveness of this programme draws from the way it presents the multi-disciplinary context of the academic domain of international business and the way it promotes an interdisciplinary connection with cognate fields such as management, business, economics and organisation studies.

      The programme has 5 compulsory courses which provide core training in principles of international business and management and research methods. Three optional courses enable a focus on specific areas of international business study. The opportunity to tailor the programme to personal interests and career requirements of students extends to the dissertation which is undertaken on an international business topic. The dissertation also enables the application and further development of a broad range of research-based skills which is emphasised throughout the programme.

      The programme facilitates the attainment of a broad range of subject-specific, intellectual, practical and personal and social learning outcomes. Students completing the programme have the knowledge, skills and  competencies to analyse critical issues in international business with 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, sports 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

      You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below. Please note that online application will open in October 2016.

      Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

      Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

      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?

        • The course draws strength from Birkbeck's mission as a provider of higher education as well as its strategic geographical location in London which is a centre for international business par excellence.
        • Birkbeck’s Department of Management has an established reputation in the delivery of highly successful international business and management postgraduate programmes.
        • Teaching staff have an international reputation in their respective areas of research activity.
        • 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.
        • Birkbeck students are drawn from a diverse range in terms of age and academic, social and cultural backgrounds. This creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment. 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.

        If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

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

        Fees (2016/7)

        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

        The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

        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 or management in a domestic or international context or in any functional area (accounting, finance, marketing or human resources management) in the public or private sector. Possible professions include management consultant, accounting or finance executive, corporate investment banker, 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.