MSc in International Business


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Program Description


You’re motivated by the possibilities that international business will unlock for you. And our MSc International Business has been designed with your ambitions in mind. You understand the importance of making your own career decisions, and what really sets this course apart is the many different options you can choose, such as a semester abroad in Switzerland or the Netherlands and graduating with a dual degree, choosing your optional modules, or doing a 34-week placement as part of your course. So you can personalise the course to suit your ambitions while getting the crucial tools of international business kit.

This degree gives you an unparalleled opportunity to graduate with a dual Master’s degree. You’re able to study in Switzerland or the Netherlands during your second semester, giving you first-hand experience in business operations on an international scale. This dual qualification is what will give you that competitive edge over other candidates on the modern business market. You’ll get the confidence and skill-set to carve your own career path in the direction that is most fitting for you.

It’s important for you to make your own choices. And you know best which route is right for you, so you can choose what will get you there sooner. We give you the opportunities, you pick which ones you need. Our optional modules (including Finance for Decision Making, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Professional and Organisational Development and Design Thinking) will allow you to tailor your learnings to suit your ambitions while gaining a global perspective on managing people and business operations. You’ll have an option of doing a 34-week work placement and project or a dissertation. This way, you’ll choose between practical work experience and contributing to industry research. You’ll determine your area of expertise and the exciting places it will take you.

When you study International Business at ARU, you’re in for a truly international experience, learning in a multicultural environment that will compliment your curricular learning. You'll be exposed to a mixture of cultures, practices and a global selection of experience to benefit from - all within your course.


This course is for you if you’re looking to forge a career in international business. It will prepare you for roles as diverse as business development, marketing, international supply chain management, logistics, project management, HR, banking, international finance and management consultancy.

Through our Business School Intern programme, around 50 students each year get a business mentor, work experience, exclusive training and development, and a reference from our Dean.

Modules & assessment

Core modules, all stages

  • Research Methods for Business and Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy and Operations
  • Contemporary Issues in International Management
  • Finance for Decision Making
  • Digital Marketing Communications
  • Human Resource Management in the Global Context

Optional modules, MSc stage

  • Postgraduate Major Project
  • Postgraduate Work Placement - International Business

Optional modules

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Professional and Organisational Development
  • Design Thinking


We’ll asses your progress through a range of written assignments, portfolio and presentations. You’ll have the option to carry out both group and individual work.

This is a 12, 15 or 24 -month programme.

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Entry Requirements


  • A first degree, with honours, in a related subject and at a minimum final classification of a lower second (2:2) or equivalent.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact us.

Last updated April 2019

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