MSc International Business

Programme structure

The MSc International Business course combines compulsory and optional modules across the three terms of your one-year course, covering both key business areas and specialist international business areas. You'll then have the opportunity to choose between the Dissertation or Business in Practice route to complete your MSc year.

Our modules

In your three terms at WBS you will study eight compulsory core modules, and one or two optional elective modules, based on your choice of the Business in Practice or Dissertation route.

How you'll be assessed

You'll be assessed by a mixture of individual and group assignments, and examination.

International Business

The module aims to develop a critical awareness of the issues, problems, concepts, and skills associated with the development of international business strategy and operations.

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Strategy Analysis and Practice

This module will provide you with a foundation for, and a critical assessment of, theoretical and empirical approaches to strategy.

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Quantitative Methods for Business

The module will equip you with an understanding of descriptive/inferential statistics and data presentation and enable you to apply the major tools needed for MSc level study and for the use of data analysis in the workplace.

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Marketing in an International Environment

Gain a strong conceptual grounding in the core principles of marketing, as needs to be applied by managers in international contexts.

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Foundations of Financial & Management Accounting

Gain a comprehensive introduction to financial reporting and management accounting. The unit adopts a user perspective, rather than a specialist accountant perspective.

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Fundamentals of Economic Behaviour

Get an introduction to fundamental economic concepts.

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International Business Strategy

Develop an understanding of the key strategic challenges facing internationally-focussed businesses and analyse how companies design, implement and manage international strategies.

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Work and Human Resources in a Global Context

Understand key contextual features, such as models of capitalism and supranational governance, alongside the prominent role of multinational enterprises as transnational employment relations actors.

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These are indicative optional modules which may vary year-on-year.
Managing Human Resources in Contemporary Organisations

Through this module you’ll be introduced to a range of debates that are central to the human resource management and employment relations field.

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Governance and Corporate Responsibility

Understand the wider institutional location of business activity within the polity and the society.

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Digital Working & Organisational Transformation

You'll gain a broad understanding of the tools and organisational arrangements driving the shift towards digital working, and learn the techniques and frameworks to operate effectively in this more dynamic and fluid work environment.

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Leading for Innovation

This module aims to develop a greater understanding of how to foster an innovative work environment.

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Project Management

Look at project management methods in a modern context, spanning a range of sectors and applications.

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Behavioural Economics

You'll be introduced to the ways in which economists and psychologists have used behavioural theories and experimental methods to provide extensions to, or alternatives to, the conventional economic wisdom covered in the  Fundamentals of Economic Behaviour module.

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Digital Marketing Technology & Management

Gain an overview of how today's firms use digital marketing practices to achieve their business objectives, giving theoretical and practical subject knowledge and understanding.

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Strategic Human Resource Management

This module will provide you with a deep understanding of the strategic role of human capital management and the tools with which to analyse and manage it.

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Case Studies in Data Science & Economics

The module aims to provide training in applying data science methods to contemporary economic problems by looking at case studies.

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Forecasting for Decision Makers

This module will train you in the key methods that aid decision making when managers face an uncertain future.

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Corporate Finance

Get an introduction to the principles of Corporate Finance and learn how the basic tools and techniques of modern finance theory can be applied to analyse and improve the investment and financing decisions of the firm.

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People & Organisations

Get an introduction to the principles, theories and research underlying the academic disciplines concerning the behaviour, leadership and management of people and organisations.

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Business, International Finance & Economics

This module will provide real world examples and case studies to illustrate how economic thinking helps businesses make the most of new opportunities, while managing the risks associated with expansion into new markets and regions.

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Digital Business Services

Focus on how digital technologies enable organisations to offer digital services that aim at improving customer experience as well as firm performance. You'll be prepared to engage with technology-related conversations in the modern workplace.

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Business Analytics for Managers

This module introduces you to the theory and practice of conducting business analytics projects.

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Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing

This module aims to develop an understanding of entrepreneurs and the firms they create and manage.

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Design in Business

Gain an appreciation of the roles of design within a business context.

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Big Data Analytics

This module will cover a wide range of cutting edge research in Big Data Analytics, with a particular focus on the extensive value of data from the Internet, much of which is freely available if you have the skills to mine it.

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Business in Practice

Taught over 2 intensive weeks and incorporating an innovative and exciting business simulation, you'll put business theory into practice through academic lecture input and expert practitioner insights. 

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Dissertation

If you select the Dissertation route you will work with an allocated academic supervisor and research a topic relating to international business.

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Research Methodology

If you select the dissertation route, Research Methodology becomes a compulsory module for you and it gives you the academic skills to confidently approach your dissertation topic.

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Our online platform

Our unique online learning platform my.wbs will act as the hub for your learning experience, hosting all of your teaching materials, key information from your CareersPlus and Programme Teams, and our online classroom: wbsLive.

Your learning experience

Teaching and assessment will vary to fit the subject being studied. Our faculty have designed your learning experience to fit the subject being studied, with a variety of teaching and assessment styles. 

Your teaching will take the form of lectures and webinars, supported, where relevant, by guest speakers from industry to balance theory and practice. 

Your learning will be assessed by a mix of exams, group work, project work, and tests. Group and project work will enable you to collaborate and gain new perspectives from your international cohort, preparing you for working in teams within a global work environment. 

Choice of Dissertation or Business in Practice route

Dissertation route

If you are considering further academic study (PhD) and you would like the opportunity to research a topic relating to international business, the 6,000 word dissertation will enable you to test and apply the techniques and theories you have gained. You will be supervised and supported throughout and will usually submit your dissertation in early September. 

In total you will study eight compulsory modules and one optional module, and complete a dissertation and a Research Methodology module. 

Business in Practice route

If you would like to develop further applied skills and specialist knowledge to suit your career aspirations, you can complete your studies with our applied Business in Practice module. You will develop deep functional and industry expertise with practical insights from our faculty and our CareersPlus & Corporate Relations team. 

In total you will study eight compulsory modules, two optional modules and also complete the compulsory Business in Practice capstone module.