MSc in Business, International Trade and Diplomatic Studies

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in Business, International Trade and Diplomatic Studies

University of Stirling

MSc in Business, International Trade and Diplomatic Studies

The programme aims to develop:

  • a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical and empirical knowledge of international business
  • the management skills and business knowledge to meet the challenges of the global workplace
  • the new dimensions of international business competence
  • understanding of and practice in the role and application of diplomacy in international business development

Core modules

  • International Business (20 credits)
  • International Law (20 credits)
  • International Political Trade and Economy (20 credits)
  • Diplomacy and Statecraft (20 credits)
  • Research Methods and Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules

  • International Trade Policy (20 credits)
  • European Market/Policy (20 credits)
  • Economic Diplomacy (20 credits)
  • Cultural Awareness, Business and Diplomacy (20 credits)
  • International Liaison (20 credits)

Career opportunities

Many of our students are senior professionals in diplomatic missions or NGO’s but we also have many students who are preparing to enter the world of diplomacy after their first degrees.

One of our aims is to help prepare them for their future career in three ways:

First, the opportunity to mix with and learn from fellow students in diplomatic missions in London or from overseas. We provide opportunities through our social programme and Diplomatic Forum for them to engage with their professional colleagues and develop their personal and professional skills by contact with the diplomatic community.

Secondly, we provide opportunities for visits to professional institutions, such as Chatham House (Royal Institute for International Affairs), The Institute of Directors, The Houses of Parliament, The Commonwealth Secretariat, NATO, the EU, the UN and the European Parliament, where students can meet functionaries and network and develop their professional contacts.

Finally, our staff are happy to use their professional experience to advise students of job opportunities and we also offer a number of internships for students in international organizations, such as the European Parliament.


  • 2015/16 Overseas £15,000
  • 2015/16 UK/EU £10,000
  • 2014/15 Overseas £14,000
  • 2014/15 UK/EU: £9,500

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second-class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Applicants with with relevant work/ life experience may also apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 12, 2015
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1 - 2 years
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