You realise that business is increasingly conducted in a global marketplace and wish to gain the essential skills necessary to understand and manage business challenges and opportunities in such a setting. You want a career in organisations such as multinational corporations, international non-governmental organisations, multilateral international organisations, and consultancies, many of which have offices in Ireland. You want to be taught and supervised by leading, research-active international business and management academics who provide an engaging learning environment.
International Business is focused on organisations that do not limit their operations to a single nation-state, such as Citigroup and Google. The MSc programme in International Business considers why these organisations exist, how they are successful in the ever-changing global environment, and what their activities mean for the different countries in which they do business.
This programme provides students with the knowledge and skills required to survive and thrive in an increasingly interconnected world. Students will gain an understanding of the tools, techniques and practical skills associated with operating an organisation across borders, and an appreciation of the interactions between firms, governments and society in an international context.
International Business Highlights
Teaching methods employed across this programme typically include lectures, workshops, tutorials, case studies, meetings with practitioners and experts in international business, use of decision-making tools (e.g. Excel solvers and tools typically used in companies, interactive web or computer applications) and software demonstrations. Lectures are also often interspersed with discussion, group exercises and case studies which allow students to engage with theories and concepts and reflect on their application in practice. In collaboration with the QUB Science Shop and links with the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, as well as guest lecturers from multinational companies, non-governmental organisations and local companies, our students are provided with regular insights into the reality of business practices. Students may expect a variety of assessment types (reports, presentations, essays, exams) aimed to enhance skills development, critical analysis and capacity building.
Internationally Renowned Experts
This programme offers business students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge with regard to global business. The modules undertaken in this programme reflect such a perspective with students best placed to take up employment within global organisations. Further, the good academic foundation provided in this programme may serve as a starting point for progression towards PhD studies at high-quality universities. The MSc International Business programme is run in a multicultural teaching environment with local and international students working and engaging together. The multinational environment coupled with the relatively small class sizes allows for a very strong learning experience where key intercultural competencies can be gained through various interactions.
This programme is taught at the Riddel Hall campus in South Belfast, which has dedicated facilities and resources for postgraduate students, including a state-of-the-art lecture theatre, a postgraduate common room, computer suites, catering and parking on site. The excellent Queen’s University Student Guidance Centre provides a learning development service for all students who want to improve their study techniques, enhance critical writing, or refresh knowledge on numerical skills. In addition, the INTO Study Centre provides language support for international students, as well as guidance on careers and employability.
The MSc International Business is awarded to students who successfully complete eight taught modules (120 CATS points) and a research dissertation/ consultancy project/academic research project (60 CATS points).
Taught modules are:
International Business Strategy
The Multinational Enterprise
Accounting in an International Environment
Sustainable Supply Chains and Networks
Research Methods and Techniques
Global Innovation Management
Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.
8 hours of lectures per week 4 hours of workshops per week.
This programme provides the knowledge and skills which are sought by employers - SMEs focused on business intelligence, trade or business solutions, manufacturing companies, multinational enterprises, international institutions and NGOs and government agencies responsible for trade and investment - as well the consulting industry. Some students may wish to pursue an academic career through PhD study – in the last three years, four of our students started academic careers in the UK and abroad.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
Teaching methods employed across this programme typically include lectures, workshops, tutorials, case studies, organisation visits, use of decision-making tools (eg Excel solvers and tools typically used in companies, interactive web or computer applications) and software demonstrations. Lectures are also often interspersed with discussion, group exercises and case studies which allow students to engage with theories and concepts and reflect on their application in practice. In collaboration with Queen's Science Shop and links with the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, as well as guest lecturers from multinational companies, non-governmental organizations and local companies, our students are provided with regular insights into the reality of business practices.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Students may expect a variety of assessment types (reports, presentations, essays, exams) aimed to enhance skills development, critical analysis and capacity building. Students are also required to complete a dissertation of 15,000-17,000 words.
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Business or Management or other relevant social science discipline related to international business.
We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds so may consider previous managerial work experience alongside lower academic qualifications. We also welcome prior experiential learning in social science disciplines that engage significantly with international business topics and/or involve some form of cross-national or international academic activity. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check with us the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
Northern Ireland (NI) 1
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1
EU Other 3
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however, this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however, this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22 and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
International Business costs
Students have the option to undertake a consultancy project for their dissertation and are responsible for funding any travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.