Who is it for?
You’re looking to forge a career in international business and have a specific interest to gain deeper knowledge in international business disciplines such as international strategy, international marketing or finance or accounting. You’ll be looking to gain relevant skills required when managing in an international setting such as cross cultural management, leadership in different international contexts and ethical considerations in business with respect to the society and the environment.
The MSc in International Business will prepare you for functional or operational roles such as international product manager, project manager, business development manager, account manager or finance/accounting, marketing and strategy roles in any global setting.
This course provides top-level academic theory and professionally relevant education for students with a desire to break into a valuable career in international business. The curriculum is built to enable you to face the challenges of a complex global and interconnected world. Differences between countries and their markets have remained a major stumbling block for employees and managers venturing abroad. Success abroad requires tools to reduce this key threat and our curriculum will provide you with these tools.
You’ll study the foundations of international business and management and you’ll also have an opportunity to apply learning through a compulsory project and a choice of specialist electives from the Cass master’s portfolio. The project will have a mandatory international focus which you’ll independently plan, initiate and successfully conduct. The project is intended to enable you to develop key leadership qualities, competencies and skills.
You will benefit by learning from one of the most diverse faculty globally with world-class international business expertise, research and thought leadership. Our London location offers uniquely close links to international businesses – providing you with access to industry practitioners and guest speakers from the City.
- Develop a strong grasp of international business principles and how they are applied across different international business contexts
- Develop a specialised understanding of international business management in a variety of industries and business settings such as multinational companies, SMEs or emerging markets
- Develop a wide range of skills (including cross cultural management) required to function effectively when doing business across borders
- Be able to gauge and judge the potential impact of relevant global influences and drivers and technology changes to international business practices
- Develop your own global network of peers and professionals through the Cass facilitated special blend of academic and experiential learning
- Seize the opportunity to develop your own specialisation in an international business discipline.
Provides four modules on the foundations of international business and management.
International Business and Economics
The aim of this module is to give you a sound foundation to international business and explains why and how firms internationalise as well as ensuring that you understand the global opportunities and threats available to companies and the challenges that international business practitioners are likely to face. The course also provides you with practical understanding of the tools and language used by economists to analyse the functioning of economies and networks of economies as a whole (macroeconomics).
Managing People in a Global Context
This module firstly, provides an understanding of the behaviour of individuals and groups in cross cultural situations. Secondly, provides a critical understanding of the role and practice of human resources management in an international corporate context.
Managerial finance and accounting
The aim of the module is to equip you with a foundational understanding of financial and accounting techniques and practices that are relevant for your international business career. When seeking a career in international business you need to have a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles in accounting and finance. The accounting and finance module is designed to teach key areas of accounting and finance that every modern and successful international manager should be aware of.
Research Methods & Business Analytics
This module provides a set of analytical and methodological tools that will be fundamental and relevant for carrying out research projects in an international business setting based on empirical data. The module will also introduce you to some of the most important statistical tools used in business analytics, focussing on descriptive and predictive analytics. The focus is on application and interpretation of the tools and results.
You have the option to begin specialising your content through a combination of core offerings and electives.
Strategy in a Global Context
This module will assist each student in developing a strong foundation in strategy relevant to your future career in international business. The module will make it possible for you to appreciate the complexity of strategic decision making, develop advanced international strategy analysis skills, and equip you with analytical tools, up to date conceptual frameworks, and experiential learning that brings to life insights from leading edge academic research
The purpose of this module is to facilitate your understanding of leadership in a global context. This will be achieved by introducing you to theoretical approaches to leadership and then move to explore leadership in a global context and in different contexts with the aim of encouraging you to reflect on your own role as an international business leader. A key aspect of the module will be to reflect on different leadership styles and how these may need to vary across different international work settings.
You may choose any two electives from the below.
The aim of the module is to provide you with a sound understanding of the principles and strategies that underpin international marketing. In a nutshell, understanding international marketing comes down to understanding how the scope and challenges that arise from cross country differences impact our understanding of your customers and how they may be effectively served.
Global Supply Chain Management
This module provides an analytical emphasis of core operations management (OM) and supply chain management (SCM) knowledge relevant for the international business manager. In the increasingly globalised industries of today, the challenges of managing processes, operations and supply chain that span across different countries and locations is one of the most important tasks of a modern enterprise. Therefore, having a thorough understanding of these two areas is critical to your success in international business.
This module aims to allow you to get a solid grasp of the following topics: international trade and the multinational corporation, the global FX and derivatives markets, FX risk and currency exposure, use of derivatives and cash market hedges to mitigate FX exposure, international loans and bond issues, swap-driven financing, natural and real hedges and other strategies to mitigate long-term operating risks.
Entrepreneurship & managing growth in a global context
The main aim of this module is to provide a distinct understanding of why and how the considerable energy and risk of domestic entrepreneurship is considerably compounded in global entrepreneurship. The course is therefore a careful blend of the basic and essential issues in entrepreneurship with how these relate to international entrepreneurship. Hence, the course provides some of the skills you will need to become an international entrepreneur or to act entrepreneurially within existing international business organisational settings. This is an integrative module addressing both the theoretical and practical issues of entrepreneurship.
You have the option to further specialise and apply your content through a combination of core offerings and electives.
International business research project
This module allows you to demonstrate, by conducting an independent internationally focused research project, your ability to integrate and apply concepts and techniques you have learned in international business in an in-depth study of a topic of your choice, and to organise your findings in a report. The project, is aimed at developing international business leadership qualities, skills and competences. You are required to independently plan, execute an internationally focused empirical research project all conducted within a given time limit.
Global Issues in CSR
The module provides an introduction to the interactions between global business and society and explores the changing role and responsibilities of the multinational firm in the 21st century. The goal of the module is to provide you with an overview of the current issues and prospects with regard to the expectations of society towards business, and with contemporary social and environmental issues in global business.
You will also take any two electives from the Cass-based or internationally delivered electives across all master’s degrees.
We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.
To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:
- Nine core courses (10-15 credits each)
- International Business Research project
- Two electives (10 credits each)
Assessment of modules on the MSc in International Business, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.
Term dates 2019/20
In-Person ID Checks (all students must attend): Commences 16 September 2019
Compulsory Induction: 16 - 27 September 2019
30 September 2019 - 13 December 2019
Term I exams
6 January 2020 - 17 January 2020
20 January 2020 - 3 April 2020
Term II exams
20 April 2020 - 1 May 2020
4 May 2020 - 3 July 2020
Term III exams
6 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test will do so in the period:
10 - 28 August 2020
Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project
1 September 2020
Official Course End Date
30 September 2020
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
The teaching staff on the MSc International Business programme are globally recognised experts in their fields. Many of the module leaders also have extensive practical international industry experience. The lectures in the modules are highly interactive and make use of a wide variety of approaches, including guest speakers from the major London International companies and consultancies.
Module Leaders include:
How to apply
Documents required for decision-making
- Transcript/interim transcript
- Current module list if still studying
- Personal statement (500-600 words)
Documents which may follow at a later date
- IELTS/GMAT, if reports available
- Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
- Two references
- Work experience is not a requirement of this course
- For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Specialist Masters Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK
We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.
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Terms and conditions
Students applying to study at Cass Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.
A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.
Previous study of business, management or finance is not required.
Highly recommended, especially for students without a quantitative background.
A well-balanced score in the range of 600-800 will significantly strengthen your application.
English language requirements
If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the test.
If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.
The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other section.
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)
First instalment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second instalment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)