MSc International Business with Placement (16 months)

Brunel University London

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Program Overview

MSc International Business with Placement (16 months) is offered by Brunel University London UK. The course duration is 16 months.
International business is an exciting and rapidly evolving space as politics and economics shift, and societies and cultures evolve. On the course you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the processes of globalisation in the 21st century and the implications that these ongoing processes have for today’s business women and men – and indeed, for tomorrow’s leaders.
The International Business MSc is designed for those seeking to operate within an international business setting or within companies and jobs where an understanding of international business is an asset. The course will help you to develop a sound understanding of international business contexts and to make integrative links across various disciplines.
We will explore the impact of internationalisation on factors such as the management of resources and operations, the financing of business enterprise, and the management and development of people. Aspects of the course will focus on emerging markets. It will also focus on the development of appropriate business policies and strategies to help you put your learning into practice.
You will receive training in research methods with particular application to the empirical study of international management situations, issues and process.
What you learn on the International Business MSc will enable you to further develop transferable skills that can be used to address the challenges of working within an organisation or for yourself as part of the global economy.


LondonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

16 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 18,410


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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This diverse course will give you a solid grounding in the basics of international trade, business strategy, and management. Optional modules can give you an insight into areas such as global HR, diversity management, business ethics and corporate governance.
A typical selection of modules can be found below. 
This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 16 months full-time with placement or 2 years full-time with placement, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 15 months full-time, 19 months full-time with placement or 27 months full-time with placement, starting in January.
Year 1

  • MG5510 - Dissertation
  • Researching and writing a 12,000 word dissertation is an integral part of the course. Your dissertation should focus upon empirical research into a management problem or issue of your choice to be agreed with your tutor, who will support you in your research. The dissertation must be submitted by the end of the academic year.
  • MG5606 Global Business and Investments
  • The effect of globalisation on international business.
  • MG5564 - International Business Strategy
  • This module aims to understand strategies and structures that multinational firms adopt and how they perform their key business operations to compete and succeed in the international business environment.
  • MG5565 International Management
  • Examining the trends that impact international business. Focus on international management challenges in and the effects of globalisation on particular countries and regions. Analytical tools, techniques and models of negotiation, communication, and conflict resolution in international contexts. HR in international organisations.
  • MG5607 International Trade
  • The importance of overseas trade on the economy. Focus on common barriers to trade, regional trading arrangements, and the case for and against the concept of free (unrestricted) trade.
  • MG5595 - Organisational Behaviour
  • The key functions of leadership and management and how they are differentiated.
  • MG5615 - Understanding Business and Management Research
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods in management research. Understanding research reports and utilising this information to improve quality of work and decision-making in complex management problems.
  • MG5591 Global Diversity Management
  • Training and development activities for diverse workforces with different socio-economic backgrounds, interests, beliefs, value systems.
  • MG5561 International Marketing
  • Developing insight and investigative ability to conduct research in developing and implementing market strategies across international sectors.
  • MG5577 International and Comparative HRM
  • Examining human resources strategy and practice for organisations operating across national boundaries, including the EU and its member states, the USA, Japan and South East Asia.
  • MG5593 - International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • This module focuses on business ethics, sustainability and corporate governance in the international context.  Both areas will be addressed from the perspective of the dual ‘business’ models of the shareholder and the stakeholder approaches.
  • MG5594 Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation
  • Investigating the global knowledge-based economy and wider socio-economic factors affecting knowledge transfer. The use of social engagement in business development.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)

2022/23 entry
£11,070 full-time
£18,410 full-time

Your newly honed skills should open up opportunities for a successful career within the likes of a multinational corporation, an NGO, a multilateral international organisation such as the UN, international law, or academia.
Our programmes are built with input from business professionals with the specific aim of helping you enter the work place fully equipped and confident of your abilities. As a masters graduate you’ll be equipped to enter a number job roles, including: Business analyst; Business development manager; Corporate investment banker; Human resources officer; Logistics manager; Marketing executive; Product manager; Purchasing manager
Some of the well-known names who value Brunel BusinessSchool graduates include Accenture, Amazon, Barclays,British Airways, Capgemini, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover,L’Oréal, McCann, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers,and Xerox.


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