MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets

University of Edinburgh Business School

Program Description
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MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets

University of Edinburgh Business School

Emerging markets are developmental states. Crucially, however, they have become major players in the global economy. It is perhaps a fitting analogy for the MSc student. We seek to transform the potential of graduates, building on existing knowledge and qualifications to create a powerful, personal blend of practical knowledge and intuitive insight.

Programme overview

The MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets will help students understand how to conduct a business internationally and how to do so from developmental states. Students will be able understand the particular challenges faced in developing corporate strategy, attracting foreign direct investment and working in countries with very different cultures, institutions, laws and business practices.

Programme structure

In their first term (Sep-Dec) students will take induction and core course, while choosing optional courses in their second term (Jan-May). The final dissertation is written over the summer term (Jun-Aug). Our courses have an overarching aim to inform students how businesses can take advantage of the globalisation of economy and to understand the rapid development of these new economic powerhouses.

Career opportunities

The success of our MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets is reflected in the career destinations of our graduates. Students come from all over the world, looking for objective, in-depth insights into global business practice. The knowledge they gather helps them develop successful careers as consultants, managers or analysts in the broad arena of international business.

Knowledge exchange

A strong academic base, passionate faculty and international cohort will ensure a rewarding student experience in our city-centre campus. The School has widespread industry links and students will have exposure to a range of guest speakers. These speakers have represented a number of businesses including Accenture, AEGON, Egon Zehnder International, Roche Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, Shell and Tesco.

Entry requirements

Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Academic requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Academic background

An undergraduate degree in business and commerce, management, finance, accounting, economics, international politics, international relations, science, engineering or law is normally required.

Learning outcomes

The programme provides a personalised development environment that allows you to build on your existing knowledge framework and further develop particular expertise in an area of your own choosing.

Diverse perspectives and disciplines

The programme focuses on the challenges posed by the phenomena of globalisation and the conflicting trends of convergence and divergence in international business. It also addresses the challenges posed for rapidly developing emerging economies. It will lead you to acquire substantive knowledge, drawing upon diverse perspectives and disciplines, and gain the analytical ability needed to develop a continual understanding of the challenges international business is facing. You will also gain an appreciation of the complex issues in relation to business strategy for both multinational enterprises (MNEs) and local firms in emerging economies.

Real-world learning

The programme focuses on practical skills for real-world learning and puts a strong emphasis on developing transferable skills, objective analysis, report writing and presentation ability. It also provides insights into research design and other life-long learning skills needed for professional careers.

By the end of the course, students will be expected to have an:

  • Ability to engage critically with various theoretical perspectives and techniques.
  • Understanding of the key issues relating to the competitiveness of international business.
  • Awareness of the volatility and uncertainty involved in and the influences of global politics, technology advancement, distribution of wealth, ownership of resources and regulatory regimes in individual nation states and international institutions.
  • Appreciation of the differences of individual nation states and especially emerging markets such as China, India and other transitional economies.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 23, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
19,700 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Edinburgh, Scotland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 19,700 GBP
(Home/EU) £22,950 (Overseas).