International Business MSc

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
UK fees
£17,500 (Total)
International fees
£33,500 (Total)

Course overview

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Learn to conduct business in a rapidly transforming global landscape with this industry-accredited Masters.

On this course you’ll consider the latest emerging issues in international business such as the rise of emerging market multinationals. You’ll also explore challenges to global innovation management and trade-offs in nurturing commercially sustainable international businesses.

You'll learn to identify the motivations and methods for firms to enter and operate in foreign markets and address controversial issues in international business. You'll also plan your own international and strategic business plans.

On completion of the course, you’ll be able to appreciate the factors that drive performance in the global economy and understand how the rise of emerging economies affects businesses and their international strategies.

As a Leeds University Business School student, you'll join a diverse community of staff and students from across the world. This will expand your networks and perspectives as a global citizen.

Our links with a variety of organisations, networks and alliances provide valuable global experiences which extend beyond the classroom.

Opportunities for extracurricular business experiences include our Masters Beyond Borders scheme. This allows you to spend a semester abroad at a partner university in Europe or Asia.

Course Highlights

  • This course is informed by our leading research expertise and specialist knowledge in international business, providing you with the latest thinking and developments in a fast-changing global landscape.
  • Ranked 31st globally in the QS International Trade Rankings, 2024.
  • Benefit from research taking place at the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL). The world’s leading centre for international business unites global experts and works alongside major private companies and public sector bodies.
  • Gain valuable, real-world insight from guest speakers from all over the world. Recent speakers have included key executives from Versace, Piaggio, Mercado Libre, and TWE.
  • Make valuable connections with alumni of the MSc International Business course and hear how their learning experience has impacted their careers.
  • In your final semester, you’ll work on a research dissertation project. This will allow you to conduct hands-on research that can be applied to address real-world business challenges.

Find out more about studying your Masters at Leeds University Business School.

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Leeds University Business School has triple accreditation from the three leading bodies AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

MSc International Business is accredited by the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE&IT), the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade. Students are able to gain student membership of the IOE&IT during the course, providing access to a database of networking and job opportunities.

Course details

The course begins with an intensive two-week induction which will introduce you to the methods of teaching, course content and academic best-practices.

The induction will also showcase the relationship between the course and your career aspirations and provide an opportunity to familiarise yourself with your peers.

You’ll then build upon your knowledge and perspectives of international business and improve your confidence in using analytical skills. This will include qualitative and quantitative methods.

You'll also develop an in-depth understanding of issues related to global economic coordination and governance and reflect upon some of the central debates in international business. These include intellectual property, labour issues and sustainability.

You'll also explore topics such as strategic management and entering foreign markets. Alongside this, you’ll build research skills and learn about the different methodologies used in international business research.

Compulsory modules will develop your professional skills for the workplace and prepare you for the challenges of managing organisations and individuals across diverse cultural contexts. You'll also select optional modules on topics that suit your interests or career plans. These include Global Business Immersion, Foreign Market Entry Strategy and European Business.

At the end of the course, you'll submit an independent research project, where you will research a topic in-depth and submit a dissertation. You may have the opportunity to gain practical experience through a consultancy-style project working with an external organisation.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read International Business MSc in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Globalization of Innovation 15
International Strategic Management 15
International Business Theory 15
Dissertation for International Business 45
International Trade Environment 15
Data Analysis in International Business 15
Professional and Academic Skills for International Business 15
Culture and Ethics in International Business 15

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
International Business Finance 15
Global Economic Coordination and Governance 15
Foreign Market Entry Strategy 15
Chinese Business 15
Global Business Immersion 15
Global Leadership 15
Management of Global Value Chains and Multinational Enterprises 15
Global Perspectives on Enterprise 15

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the school, your programme and modules.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. This may include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs.

This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject. You should have an interest in the subject, although you don’t need any prior experience or qualifications in this area.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadline:

We operate a staged admissions process for this course with selection deadlines throughout the year.

If you do not receive an offer in a particular round, you will either be notified that your application has been unsuccessful, or we will carry your application forward to be considered in the next round.

Please see our How to Apply page for full details and the application deadlines for each stage.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Contact details for two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Your approved English Language test* (if applicable)
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

* Applicants who have not yet completed an approved English language test may apply for a Masters course prior to taking a test.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

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UK: £17,500 (Total)

International: £33,500 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

Optional Institute of Export (IOE) student membership. See IOE website for details.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

We’re offering up to 50 Business School Excellence Scholarships to UK and International students starting one of our Masters courses in 2024. These scholarships offer a 50% fee reduction and will be awarded to particularly deserving applicants who demonstrate excellent academic, professional and personal achievements.

You do not have to submit a separate application for our Excellence Scholarships - you will be automatically considered when your course application is reviewed.

International Excellence Scholarships (International applicants)

Masters Excellence Scholarships (UK applicants)

Read more about Masters Funding and Scholarships

Career opportunities

A postgraduate degree from Leeds University Business School has a high value out in the world. The transferable skills acquired on this course will help you to secure and progress in your chosen career.

Multinational organisations particularly favour employees who can work confidently across a range of different markets.

Previous graduates have gone on to diverse careers in top firms worldwide, including as business analysts, country managers, product managers and trading executives. Others have sought to internationalise their own family business.

The MSc International Business also offers an excellent grounding for a research degree.

Careers support

As part of this course, our dedicated Professional Development Tutor will provide tailored academic and careers support to help you achieve your career ambitions.

You can expect expert advice and guidance on your career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs and support to boost your employability. You’ll also receive support to develop the professional skills you'll need to start a successful career and how to evidence these to prospective employers.

You’ll also benefit from the University’s Careers Service, where you can access a range of support to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions, even after you graduate.

Read more about our careers and professional development support

Study abroad and work placements

Students who have formally started their study on the course may have the exclusive opportunity to apply for our extended programme, MSc International Business (Study Abroad).

You’ll have the chance to study for an extra semester outside of the UK as part of our Masters Beyond Borders scheme. If you’re accepted on to the scheme, you'll study at one of our highly-rated partner business schools, located across the world. More information about the scheme will be provided after the course induction. Application criteria and briefings are released towards the end of the first semester.

Places are limited and highly sought after. Students accepted onto the scheme will graduate with the degree title MSc International Business (Study Abroad).

Alumni profile: Emilia Larkin

The nature of the course is broad, giving an excellent holistic view of international business. You learn how to conduct business across different markets in a rapidly changing global landscape.
Find out more about Emilia Larkin's time at Leeds