MSc International Business Header

MSc International Business (with Marketing or Finance Specialism) (with Marketing or Finance Specialism)

Year of entry

Choose to specialise in either marketing or finance to focus your MSc on your chosen career path.

The new MSc International Business prepares you for a successful career in the new international business arena by addressing issues of culture, politics, and economics, as well as equipping you with the personal attributes and analytical skills required for careers in the international business world.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

As we enter a period of dramatic economic and political change, there has never been a more exciting time to study international business.     

Today’s businesses operate in a dynamic global business environment in which managers have to deal with rapidly changing markets and a climate of tremendous uncertainty. These challenges call for new skills and new thinking as businesses strive to reinvent and innovate.

The MSc International Business has been carefully crafted to reflect the complex, dynamic and multifaceted character of this contemporary subject area.

The focus is very much on developing you as you acquire the skills and attributes necessary for the leaders, entrepreneurs and policy­makers of tomorrow in management, strategy and decision­ making and communication. You'll also develop a clear understanding of the environment in which international businesses operate in terms of economics, finance and governance, as well as politics and culture.

Research methods run through the whole course, preparing you for the dissertation in Term 3. The dissertation provides an opportunity for you to set yourself apart and demonstrate to potential employers a high level of thinking in a specialist area. This work is supported and supervised by experienced, research active members of staff, and may lead to publication.

If you choose to specialise in either marketing or finance through electives and a dissertation in these areas, you may be awarded the MSc International Business with Marketing or and MSc International Business with Finance.

The course is for graduates from any background/discipline who wish to pursue further study at Masters level. You may have completed an undergraduate Arts or Social Science degree, and now would like to gain a qualification in International Business. You may also have completed a business or management undergraduate degree and wish to pursue further Masters level study.

First Term (semester):

  • Strategy and Globalisation (core module)
  • International Business Culture and Communications (core module)
  • Global Economics and Finance (core module)
  • Research Methods (part 1 – core module)

Second Term (semester):

  • Intercultural Leadership and Personal Development (core module),
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the International Perspective (core module),
  • International Finance (elective) Or International Marketing (elective)
  • Research Methods (part 2 – core module)

Third Term (semester):

  • Dissertation (core)

Students leave to pursue careers in management consultancy, international negotiations, working in the city (of London).  With a strong emphasis on the development of employment skills, graduates go on to pursue various careers in business, management or policy making. Some also engage in further research on the MPhil/PhD programme.

Teaching is made up primarily of interactive workshops, group discussion and project work. The programme encourages you to reflect on your own experience and to apply your learning to real and relevant organisational contexts. Most staff delivering the course are senior lecturers (with PhD’s).

There will also be a number of visiting speakers, encouraging contact and learning from managers and practitioners with up-to-date expertise who work in a range of organisations in the public and private sectors.

Learning is supporting by our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard).

There are no exams on this course. All summative assessment is based on a mix of assignments, presentations, reports, case study analysis, group work and reflective pieces. There is a final dissertation in semester 3. 


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  £9,595 £12,420
Part-time  N/A N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,906 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can  email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


Applications for this course can be completed online. 

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online. For more information about the course, please contact:


Tel: 01227 783094

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time


  • September/October

Typical contact hours per week

  • 10 hours a week Monday - Wednesday

Entry requirements

  • The MSc International Business is suitable for both graduates with a relevant business degree or those who are wishing to move into the business area and have keen interest in this subject. In both cases a good honours degree at 2.2 or above and English proficiency to English Academic IELTS 6.5 is required.



Last edited 29/05/2019 15:01:00

Save, Print or Share this page

Connect with us

Last edited: 29/05/2019 15:01:00