MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets


Program Description

Our MSc will develop your understanding of emerging markets and how businesses can benefit from the globalisation of the world's economy. We aim to equip you with the key business skills to deal effectively with people and businesses in a multicultural context.

Programme overview

Our MSc will help you to appreciate the dynamism of individual nations and emerging economies, and to understand the key issues relating to the competitiveness of international business. It will also help you to develop the practical techniques and skills needed for working with companies on international business projects. Overall, the programme aims to inform you of how businesses can take advantage of economic globalisation and negotiate the rapid development of new economic powerhouses.

Programme structure

You will take three core courses in your first term (Sep-Dec) and two more in the second term (Jan-May). In the second term, you will also have the opportunity to choose two option courses from an extensive, annually reviewed list, which will allow you to tailor your studies towards your chosen career path. You will also have the opportunity to carry out a hands-on company project working with real business clients. The final dissertation will be written over the summer term (Jun-Aug) and is overseen by an academic supervisor.

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 to develop successful careers as consultants, managers or analysts in the broad arena of international business. Recent graduates have secured jobs with leading employers like Accenture, Goldman Sachs and RBS.

Knowledge exchange

A strong academic base, passionate faculty and international student body will ensure you have a rewarding learning experience in our city-centre campus. The School has widespread industry links and as a student, you will benefit from the expertise of high-profile guest speakers. Past speakers have included the Director of Scottish Development International Operations, CEO of Roche Group and the Head of Strategy at Accenture Global.


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.

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. Supporting your application

  • Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance.
  • Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme.

Applications from current undergraduates Final year undergraduate students are welcome to apply, so long as your studies will be completed prior to the MSc programme commencement date.

Last updated August 2019

About the School

At the heart of a university with a 400 year heritage that is consistently rated one of the world's best, and centrally located in one of Europe's most stunning business and cultural capitals the Univ ... Read More

At the heart of a university with a 400 year heritage that is consistently rated one of the world's best, and centrally located in one of Europe's most stunning business and cultural capitals the University of Edinburgh Business School offers an experience that few can rival. Read less