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Postgraduate Course

International Business MSc

If it is your ambition to become a global business leader or manager, then this is the course for you.

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Grow your business expertise by engaging with the latest research in international business. Discover new theories, tools and techniques, and apply them in local, national and global business contexts. Whether you want to start your own company, join an international graduate training scheme, or just develop a broader understanding of international business, we can help you reach your goals.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time, 2 years part time, 2 years full time with year in industry
  • Start date – January 2025, September 2024, September 2025
  • School – York Business School

Minimum entry requirements

    2:2 honours degree from a UK ENIC listed institution

    Experience Evidence of relevant experience if your degree is in an unrelated subject

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 £8,000 full time

    International 2024-25 £11,300 full time

Course overview

This course will develop both your knowledge of contemporary academic research and your practical capability with organisational processes. You will gain an in depth understanding of the principles of management, in the context of contemporary business environments. The projects and assignments you work on reflect real organisational challenges and allow you to apply what you learn to find practical solutions.

You will:

  • Develop leadership and management skills which can be applied across any industry and in international contexts
  • Learn about the importance of ethical and sustainable management
  • Explore the challenges, issues and opportunities facing the global business world today

We encourage the sharing of knowledge and experience between students and staff with a wide range of professional backgrounds. This fosters a collaborative learning community which will provide both support and varied perspectives throughout your study.

You can choose to study this course with a Year in Industry, allowing you to apply your learning and gain valuable experience. If you choose a Year in Industry you will be studying for a total of 2 years. Your first year will be a teaching year. In your second year you will either be on placement or conducting a skills and research based module.


Course structure

How you will study

You can study this postgraduate course full time or part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

If you choose to study full time the course will take 1 year to complete, or 2 if you choose a year in industry. You will study:

  • 8 compulsory modules, including a final Capstone Project module

If you choose to study part time the course will take 2 years to complete and the modules will be split across both years.

You can find out which modules are available in each term in the Course Specifications.


Credits: 15

Compulsory module

This module lets you familiarise yourself with the research expectations of postgraduate study. You will develop a thorough understanding of the research process and advance your skills in this area. We will support you in identifying a specialist business topic which you would like to specialise in and developing a proposal for your own research investigation. We will also introduce you to many of the interconnected contemporary issues that will are essential for the study of business.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore the relationships between business and society in an uncertain world. You will expand your understanding of the theoretical and practical issues relating to sustainable business, and engage with the current debates taking place in this field. You will evaluate issues of sustainability in the context of environmental, social and economic needs, and consider how these may differ at national and global levels.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

International trade is an ever present feature of contemporary business. It is constantly in the news. It provides strategies for business expansion and success. On the other hand it also poses threats to established businesses, and in some cases to ways of life. This module will allow you to develop a theoretical grounding in key issues related to international trade. The possible benefits and problems associated with these are critically examined from the perspective of various stakeholders. We will mainly be approaching this topic from an economic perspective, but you do not need any previous experience in economics to study this module.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to key international business (IB) theories and concepts. You will examine:

  • The process of globalisation
  • The role of transnational firms (TNCs)
  • The principal institutional and organisational macrostructures of the global economy
  • 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

On this module you will learn to analyse business data. Exploring effective methods of summarising data, you will investigate the relationship between variables. This will give you practical skills in data analytics. We will also introduce you to the idea of the blockchain, and the scope of the blockchain industry. You will learn to:

  • React to blockchain trends
  • Investigate market disruptions caused by technology
  • Assess the impact of blockchain in industries worldwide.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop a knowledge and appreciation of contemporary global economic and business issues, and the challenges they can pose for managers. You will engage with current events and the debates surrounding them, considering how they impact on both internal and external business environments. Through this you will have an opportunity to apply the theory you have been learning to topical events occurring in the world today.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about corporate governance, and its role in the regulation and direction of corporations. This includes considering the roles of shareholders, directors, managers and other key stakeholders in corporate governance. You will evaluate various techniques in corporate governance, including financial information, audit and risk management. There is also a focus on how corporate governance can promote ethical and sustainable corporate behaviour.

Credits: 15

Compulsory module

On this module you will examine key concepts and issues in international political economy (IPE). The focus will be on the distribution of power, wealth and agency in a rapidly changing and contested global context. By engaging with research surrounding IPE, you will investigate global concerns such as:

  • Trade
  • Finance
  • The environment
  • Political resistance.

Through this you will learn to analyse the complex dynamics of global markets, financial systems and political structures. You will develop the skills to make connections between them and understand how they drive change.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

This module gives you the opportunity to apply everything you have learnt throughout your course to a current business issue. You will define, research and analyse a topic of your choice, identifying potential solutions and reaching evidence-based conclusions. Your capstone project can take the form of either an academic dissertation or an applied business consultancy project.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

All of your modules will be delivered using a variety of different teaching sessions. This includes:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Workshops
  • Events

Each module has a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you and other postgraduate students will benefit from online debate and collaborative approaches to learning.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.


We use a wide variety of assessment types, which help you to develop skills relevant to the workplace. This includes:

  • Presentations
  • Critical essays
  • Portfolios
  • Reflective journals
  • Case study work

You will receive feedback on your work throughout each module. This will help you to improve your work for your graded assessments. We will advise you on developing your skills, useful areas for research and how to extend your business knowledge further. 

Optional placement year

Choosing the placement year option can give you a competitive edge in your future career. It is an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in the workplace.

You will be on placement for a full academic year, after you have successfully completed all of the taught modules. During your placement, you will also work towards and complete your Business Consultancy Project.

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirements

    2:2 honours degree from a UK ENIC listed institution

    Experience Evidence of relevant experience if your degree is in an unrelated subject

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered.

International students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission. 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and funding

UK 2024 - 2025 entry

The tuition fee for this postgraduate course in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £8,000 for full time study
  • If you choose to study this course with a Year in Industry, the tuition fee for full time study would be £10,695

These costs apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

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

Funding opportunities

International 2024 - 2025 entry

The tuition fee for this postgraduate course in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is £11,300 for full time study.

If you choose to study this course with a Year in Industry in the 2024 - 2025 academic year, the tuition fee for full time international students would be £14,900.

These costs apply to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

International Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 £8,000 full time

    International 2024-25 £11,300 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for alumni

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While 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.

Accommodation and living costs

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

Career outcomes

Where could International Business take you?

This postgraduate course will prepare you for a range of business roles in international settings and organisations. The leadership skills you will develop will put you in a good position to move into management roles. Innovative, specialist modules such as Data Analytics and the Blockchain will give you the industry-ready, transferable skills needed for a competitive edge in the marketplace.

This will give you an advantage in roles such as:

  • Business manager
  • Project manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Human Resources officer
  • Business analyst
  • Supply chain manager
  • Management consultant

If you are considering starting your own business, The Kickstart Programme is a wide-ranging offer of support to help you develop your entrepreneurial ideas and turn them into viable enterprises. Starting a business, becoming self-employed, freelancing or having a side-hustle: enterprise can come in many forms.

The course could also lead you to undertake further Postgraduate study through an MPhil or PhD.

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £6,500 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree. (Department For Education Graduate Labour Market Report 2022).

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

For postgraduate degrees you must apply directly to York St John University using the links below. This will take you to the application form you need to fill out for this specific course. 

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