Browser does not support script.

Postgraduate course

International Business MSc

Wish to progress your career and develop as a future global business leader or manager?

Student in launchpad on laptop

On this course you will engage with the subjects relevant to global, national and local business. You will engage with latest contemporary research in international business, develop your critical thinking skills and apply them. Projects and assignments are focused on helping you apply the theories, tools and techniques you learn to bolster your skillset prior to graduation.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – January 2020, September 2020
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK or NARIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent work experience in a related discipline

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500

    International 2020-21 £12,750

Course overview

This course brings together relevant contemporary academic theory and research with practical understanding of organisational processes. It will involve you in a demanding process of personal and professional development. You will develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of management in the context of contemporary business and management.

A distinctive element of the International Business MSc programme is the opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Export and International Trade.

This programme:

  • Develops responsible and ethical managers.
  • Develops international skills of leadership and management.
  • Uses assessment methods which mirror organisation-based activities.
  • Provides a supportive platform for critical reflection through the application of academic theories to your real work situations.
  • Includes excellent personal and academic support. You will be allocated an academic tutor to support you throughout the programme.

Course Structure

Level 1


Credits: 15

Compulsory module

The research and study of business in contemporary society requires a critical understanding of pervasive and interconnected topics. You will build your understanding of contemporary business issues, gain experience of the research and scholarly expectations of postgraduate study and develop a critical awareness of the research process and research design.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

On this module you will build your cognitive skills and computational thinking. You will also consider the relevance of these skills to business concepts, critical evaluation and professional considerations. You will develop a deep understanding of the impact and meaning of data. It is also an opportunity to examine data analytics technique in term of problem solving, predicting and decision-making in business context.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

This module explores theoretical and practical issues relating to sustainable business in the context of environmental, social and economic needs at local and global scales. We will consider the relationships between business and society in an unequal and uncertain world. For postgraduate students new to the study of business the module includes an introduction to key business ideas. For those who have previously studied business the module includes some familiar ideas approached in a newly critical way from some less familiar perspectives.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

International trade is a ubiquitous feature of contemporary business. It is constantly in the news. It provides strategies for business expansion and success but also poses threats to established businesses and in some cases threats to ways of life. This module will allow you to develop both a critical overview and a theoretical grounding in key issues related to international trade. The possible benefits and problems associated with these are critically examined for different stakeholders. The main theoretical perspective is that of economics, but no prior study of economics is assumed.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

This module introduces you to key international business (IB) theories and concepts. It examines the process of globalisation, the role of transnational firms (TNCs) as the primary movers and shapers of the global economic system and the principal institutional and organisational macrostructures of the global econom. You will evaluate the impact of the diverse national business systems operating within the world’s major regional groupings. You will also develop a comprehensive appreciation of the theories, frameworks and methodologies that complement and intersect with mainstream IB thinking and challenges.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

This module aims to develop an interest, knowledge and appreciation of current global economic and business issues as well as the challenges that they pose for management. Building on knowledge from previous modules, you will engage with current world events and consider how they impact upon both the internal and external environments of businesses. This will enable you to reach a well-grounded understanding of both theory and practice in business and relate it to the topical events in the world, at a global, national and regional level.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

This module explores the nature of corporate governance and its role in the regulation and direction of corporations. You will evaluate the nature and competing mechanisms and complexities of corporate governance in a globalised business world. The role of shareholders (and other key stakeholders, particularly in public benefit entities), directors and managers are considered as well as various techniques of corporate governance, including the role of financial information (and allied disciplines).

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

International political economy (IPE) is a field of enquiry concerned with the distribution of power, wealth and agency in a rapidly changing and contested global context. You will learn about key concepts and issues in the international political economy, ranging from mainstream concerns like trade and finance, through to more critical issues like the environment and resistance. In doing so you will analyse, compare and critically evaluate fundamental assumptions and arguments in IPE and IPE-related literature.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

The Capstone Project is your opportunity to select, define, research, analyse, develop solutions and reach evidence-based conclusions to an issue relevant to international business through an independent research project. You can select a wholly academic option or an applied business consultancy option.

Teaching and assessment

By bringing together relevant academic theory and practical experience, you can enhance your deep understanding of these elements and develop yourself as an individual and as a leader. All modules are delivered using a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and global café style learning activities.

Each module has a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you and other Masters level students will be encouraged to be involved with online debate and collaborative approaches to learning. Some participants may not have been engaged in formal education for some time and may never have studied social sciences at Postgraduate level: support with study skills, conventions of academic analysis and writing will be available for you. All modules are assessed through a programme of work undertaken whilst studying for the award.

A range of assessment tools are used including presentations, critical essays, portfolios and reflective journals and case study work. Each module tutor will provide opportunities for formative assessment feedback to inform your work prior to submission. You will receive detailed feedback on assessment to help you develop and continuously improve your performance whilst on the programme.

Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your subject knowledge. You will receive the opportunity for study support including academic writing and research skills to enhance employability and career development in the field of business management.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK or NARIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent work experience in a related discipline


Entry onto this Master’s Degree requires a minimum of a 2:2 Undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline from a UK or NARIC listed institution. 

If your honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive professional experience in the subject, your application will be considered.

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).


Entry onto this Master’s Degree will require you to demonstrate current or recent work experience. This will enable you to fully engage with the course.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirments it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500

    International 2020-21 £12,750

Alumni Scholarships 

If you are continuing to postgraduate study directly after studying at undergraduate level with us, we offer a reduction in fees depending on the classification of degree you achieve.

If you are graduating from an undergraduate degree at York St John University this year you could be entitled to:

  • a 50% reduction in course fees if you achieve a 1st
  • a 35% reduction if you achieve a 2:1
  • a 20% reduction if you achieve a 2:2

These reductions apply to all York and London-based taught MA, MBA, MSc and MRes courses, except for Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc, Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc and all PCGE courses.

All York St John University alumni are eligible for a 10% reduction on their postgraduate course fees regardless of when you graduated. The 10% alumni discount will not be added on top of these reductions.

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.


View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Apply Now: MSc International Business, Full time (January)

Apply Now: MSc International Business, Full time

Apply Now: MSc International Business, Part time

Apply Now: MSc International Business with a Year in Industry, Full time

Why choose Postgraduate study?

More to explore

Get in touch

Cookie Settings