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MSc International Business

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 2-5 years
Entry year January, May, September 2022
Campus

Online

Discipline MSc International Business
Contact

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Programme Director: Dr Alex Thompson

Typical offer

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A 2:2 with honours in any discipline from a recognised university

Contextual offers

Overview

For ambitious graduates looking for a fast track into global business, this course offers a  combination of practical skill and cross-disciplinary insight that promises to make you stand out from the crowd. 

  • Explore international business from a range of disciplines and stakeholder perspectives, from marketing and economics to accounting and finance.
  • Learn how to apply a global context to a variety of businesses wherever in the world you choose to work.
  • Gain an understanding of cross-cultural issues that are the foundation of effective business communication.
  • Develop your own business plan, with support from the programme director. This fosters practical and applied business skills that solve real-world issues and will equip you to compete in today’s global marketplace.

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Fully online programme

Our Business School is 'triple crown' accredited (EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA).

Study at a top 15 uk university

15th in the Guardian University Guide 2022 and 13th in the Complete University Guide 2022

Learn at your own pace

Entry requirements

A 2:2 with honours in any discipline from a recognised university, or relevant professional qualifications, or significant work experience.

We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS – an overall score of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any section.

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Course content

You will be able to study the following modules:

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. The modules listed here are indicative. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on your point of entry, staff availability and research interests, new topics of study and student demand.

International Business and Globalisation

This module provides the theoretical foundations of international business and its practical applications in explaining the dynamics and constraints of firms’ international strategies. It analyses changes in the international economic environment as a result of globalisation as well as the increased interdependence between countries and firms in terms of flows of goods, services, finances and people. It also considers political, economic and institutional differences and the strategies companies adopt when conducting business across national boundaries. While many practical examples are provided, focus is given to developing an analytical approach to addressing these questions, drawing on several theoretical perspectives.

Accounting for Managerial Decision-making

A career in international business requires literacy in accounting practice. Good managers need to appreciate and use a variety of accounting information and techniques, combined with professional scepticism, in business decision-making. This module is designed to give you a broad-based understanding of accounting theory and the practices of accountancy. You will become familiar with accountancy tools as well as reporting mechanisms. By building foundational knowledge in accounting, you will better understand financial reporting as well as gain the ability to interpret accounting data.

Finance for International Managers

Finance is a key element for international business as financial decisions help to drive growth. Understanding the foundations of finance is therefore a key ingredient in a successful business career. This module provides you with a conceptual framework within which the key financial decisions of a multinational firm can be analysed. It focuses on decision-making in an international context, building on, and extending, the valuation framework provided by domestic corporate finance to account for dimensions that are unique to international finance.

Cross-cultural Management

This module explores the various functions of management to accomplish the goals of an organisation. This involves not only coordination, but also planning, organising, leading and controlling. Historically, managerial functions have come to include a range of activities, which include staffing and human resource management, employee skills development, directing, reporting, recruitment and organisational culture-setting. This demands an understanding of human behaviour and this module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to be an effective leader in the modern workplace.

Global Markets

You will come into this course with some knowledge concerning marketing because, as consumers, you are continuously exposed to marketing practices such as advertising and personal selling. However, additional knowledge is needed in order to understand how businesses, non-profit organisations and governmental institutions utilise marketing to achieve their objectives. This module is designed to help you understand the marketing process of international businesses. You will learn about the basic concepts, practices and analytical methods of marketing and study how successful organisations conduct marketing strategy to build a sustainable advantage over their competitors.

International Business Project - Planning in Practice

The International Business Project is designed as a capstone course that will help you to integrate the knowledge that you have gained over the course and apply that knowledge towards a business plan model. Building on the foundational and applied knowledge you have developed in previous modules, you will be offered the opportunity to write an individual business plan. This project will use an applied, data-driven approach to understanding an international business issue. This practice-based approach will help equip you with the skills that research consultants and brand managers use in developing international business strategy.

Fees and funding

May or September 2022 entry:

£2500 per module (£15,000 in total for whole degree completed in 2 years)

Cost

The fee for your chosen programme or module is shown at the top of its web page. This shows the total amount it will cost if you complete the degree if you take the minimum time of two years. If you take longer than two years, for example, because you take one or more breaks between modules, the total fee you pay may increase slightly due to inflation.

Pay as you study

To make it easier to budget, you don’t need to pay the total fee upfront. Instead, you can pay for each module as you are about to start studying it. You can pay for the whole year if you prefer, but the minimum payment is at least the cost of the module(s) you are taking that term. Please note that if your payment has not reached us by the end of week one of a module, you will have to wait until the next term to start.

How to pay

You can pay online using a credit or debit card. We are unable to give you access to your study materials before your payment reaches us so it’s important to have your finances in place and pay when prompted to ensure you can access your studies at the start of each term.

Other costs to consider

As well as your fees, there are some potential additional costs to be aware of to ensure that you give yourself the best chance of success. These include a suitable computer or device to study and work from, an adequate internet connection to access your learning materials and connect with others, and a comfortable place to study.

While our online programmes do not require any attendance on campus, as a student of the University of Exeter you are always welcome to visit. You may also be offered the chance to attend a graduation ceremony in person, for which travel costs and gown hire will apply.

Help with paying for your studies

If you are struggling to afford your chosen programme of study, some help may be available from either the government or the university. This includes:

  • Postgraduate student loans. If you live in the UK, you may be able to access a loan to help pay for your online degree fees and living costs while you study. To be eligible, you must not already have a Masters degree (or above). For information on how to apply and your student finance entitlement, please visit the following links depending on whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

    Disabled Student Allowance (DSA).
    Most UK students with a physical disability or mental health difficulty, long term health condition or specific learning difficulty will be able to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance which can help towards the cost of specialist equipment, one-to-one support and other costs associated with your condition. If you feel this applies to you, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible as the whole process can take up to 12 weeks. If you complete an application and are not eligible for DSA, please make an appointment with the AccessAbility Team to discuss alternative funding and support. This step-by-step guide to applying for DSA will give you all the information you need on applying.

  • Success for All fund. Some financial support may be possible through our Success for All fund as assessed on a case-by-case basis providing eligibility criteria are met. Fully online students are not automatically eligible for an IT bursary, but exceptions may be made in some circumstances. However, please note the University would expect students to have made reasonable provision to support themselves during their studies prior to enrolling on a module.

  • Employer sponsorship. Your employer or another organisation you are associated with may be happy to pay all or part of your fee. If you are getting financial support in this way, we can invoice them directly for the value that they have agreed to support before you start your studies. You will have to pay any balance so that the module you are studying is paid in full before you start. 

  • Student discounts. Our online students are fully registered students of the university, and therefore can ask for an Exeter Unicard, which can be used to access a wide range of student discounts on everyday items including food and clothing. You can also apply for student discounts on products and services through the UniDays card.

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Teaching and learning

At Exeter, we use a 30-credit-per-term, three-term-per-year structure. This means you’ll study one 30 credit module per term.

Terms start in January, May and September, with each lasting 17 weeks. The last fortnight of each term is time for you to recharge, reflect on how your module and assessments went, decide on your next module and pay for it before getting started again. The rest of the term is divided into learning time, preparation of assessments and your tutors marking your work and getting feedback to you. The exact mix of these activities will vary depending on the module.

This structure means you should expect to study around 10-15 hours per week on average. Some of this will be structured teaching and learning activities, the rest will be self-directed learning, such as reading or preparing for assessments. For more detailed information on what studying online with the University of Exeter looks like, visit our ‘Why study online’ pages.

We understand that balancing study with other commitments in your life may be tricky at times. Our modules are designed to stand alone rather than progress in a certain order, meaning that if life gets in the way, you can take a break and join your next module the following term. We have resources to help you manage your time, and our Study Zone staff can help you with the academic and planning skills you need to make your time with us as successful as it can be.

Each module has an academic lead, and often a team of colleagues, to direct your learning.

All our online students also have a dedicated Student Support Officer, there to guide you throughout your journey with us. In addition, we have teams of professionals around the university ready to help you – from library to wellbeing services.

We understand that balancing study with other commitments in your life may be tricky at times. Our modules are designed to stand alone rather than progress in a certain order, meaning that if life gets in the way, you can take a break and join your next module the following term. We have resources to help you manage your time, and our Study Zone staff can help you with the academic and planning skills you need to make your time with us as successful as it can be.

Each module has an academic lead, and often a team of colleagues, to direct your learning.

All our online students also have a dedicated Student Support Officer, there to guide you throughout your journey with us. In addition, we have teams of professionals around the university ready to help you – from library to wellbeing services.

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Careers

This flexible and innovative programme has been designed for ambitious students who want to launch a career across international cultures and be able to apply a global context to a variety of businesses, wherever in the world they choose to work. As part of your learning experience, you will attend specialist practical workshops equipping you with the knowledge and skills to tackle real-world problems.

Graduates can look to work in a diverse range of roles, including:

  • International business director
  • Marketing and strategy consultant
  • Procurement and purchasing manager
  • Business and commercial analyst
  • Brand manager
  • Human resource manager