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MSc

The MSc International Business programme will provide motivated students with the tools and skills necessary to pursue a successful and rewarding career in International Business, Governance, Finance, Accountancy, Marketing and Human Resource Management. The degrees cover many different subjects and develop a wide range of transferable skills and provide entry to a range of rewarding careers.

This course has two start dates - January or September

Status: If you need a visa to study in the UK - for entry Sept 2014, apply before 18th July 2014, and for entry Jan 2015, apply by 14th Nov 2014.

Why study MSc International Business at Dundee?

We live in a world where economic activity is global in scale. National boundaries now matter very little to decisions about where goods are made and services provided: your PC might be made in Taiwan; when you contact a call centre the person answering your call might be living in India; and when you come to the University of Dundee you will meet staff and students from all over the world.

By studying MSc International Business you will understand how this has come about, and what it means for today's business world. You will be fully equipped to develop your own career in this new and challenging work environment.

What's so good about MSc International Business at Dundee?

We provide a fresh introduction to International Business which is suitable both for those that have studied economics, business management or accountancy before and for those that are new to the subject.

Dundee offers a flexible master's programme in international business enabling you to choose a combination of subjects that best suits your aptitudes and aspirations. You can choose to take a number of different pathways, namely:

  • MSc International Business
  • MSc International Business and Finance
  • MSc International Business, Accounting and Finance
  • MSc International Business and Management
  • MSc International Business and Marketing
  • MSc International Business and Human Resource Management
  • MSc International Business, Marketing and Human Resource Management

A feature of the programme is the Distinguished Visitor and Enterprise Gym Lecture Series. Distinguished practitioners in the field are invited to the University to hold seminars highlighting critical aspects of Business Finance and Marketing. It offers students a unique opportunity to meet with business leaders.

Who should study this course?

This course is developed for students that have completed their undergraduate who are now looking to further develop their business acumen in one of the many areas of business such as marketing, finance, and/or human resource management.

MSc International Business Opportunities

Related courses

Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by Economics staff in the School of Business.

The start date is September and January each year, and lasts for 12 months.

How you will be taught

The degrees are taught full-time for a period of twelve months, starting in September and January each year. Modules are taught using a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, workshops, groupwork and student presentations.

What you will study

The common modules of all pathways are:

  • Foundation Economics and Statistics for Business aims to provide students with a basic knowledge and skills in economics and statistics required for the main components of the MSc Programme. This is taught intensively in the first two weeks of the degree programme, and thereafter the core and optional modules are taught throughout the year of study.
  • Applied Business Statistics aims to provide students with the quantitative skills required to use and manipulate data and information to inform business decisions.
  • Internationalisation Strategies enable students to understand the effects of trade, labour and investment policies on firms' decisions. 
  • Strategic Decisions for Business considers the strategic issues that firms face when operating in global markets.
  • International Business Finance examines the fundamental concepts and important empirical aspects of international finance.
  • International Business Project aims at developing students’ theoretical, empirical, analytical and presentational skills in areas of international business. 

You will meet your advisor at the start of the course, to select your pathway, which in turn dictates the rest of your modules, as shown below.

MSc International Business students also take four optional modules from the following list:

  • Global Financial Markets
  • International Marketing and Marketing Research
  • Investment Appraisal and Financial Markets
  • Market Planning in a Global Environment
  • Human Resource Management Strategies
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Applied Business and Marketing Research
  • Forecasting for Business and Finance
  • Personnel Economics for Managers
  • Corporate Governance
  • International Accounting and Reporting
  • Global Risk Analysis
  • Strategic Management Accounting

MSc International Business and Finance students also take:

  • Global Financial Markets
  • Forecasting for Business and Finance

and two optional modules from the following list:

  • Corporate Governance
  • International Accounting and Reporting
  • Global Risk Analysis
  • Strategic Management Accounting
MSc International Business, Accounting and Finance students also take:
  • Global Financial Markets
  • International Accounting and Reporting
  • Strategic Management Accounting
and one optional module from the following list:
  • Forecasting for Business and Finance
  • Global Risk Analysis
  • Corporate Governance
MSc International Business and Management students also take four optional modules from the following list:
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing Management and Strategy
  • Operations Management and Change
  • Performance Measurement and Reporting
  • Strategic Management and Organisational Analysis
MSc International Business and Marketing students also take:
  • Applied Business and Marketing Research
  • International Marketing and Marketing Research
  • Market Planning in a Global Environment

and one optional module from the following list:

  • Global Financial Markets
  • Forecasting for Business and Finance
  • Personnel Economics for Managers
  • Investment Appraisals and Financial Markets
  • Human Resource Management Strategies
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • International Accounting and Reporting
  • Global Risk Analysis
  • Strategic Management Accounting

MSc International Business and Human Resource Management students also take:

  • Personnel Economics for Managers
  • Human Resource Management Strategies
  • International Human Resource Management

and one optional module from the following list:

  • International Marketing and Marketing Research
  • Investment Appraisals and Financial Markets
  • Market Planning in a Global Environment
  • Applied Business and Marketing Research
  • Forecasting for Business and Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • International Accounting and Reporting
  • Global Risk Analysis
  • Strategic Management Accounting

MSc International Business, Marketing and Human Resource Management students also take:

  • International Marketing and Marketing Research
  • Human Resource Management Strategies

choose one optional module from the following list:

  • Applied Business and Marketing Research
  • Market Planning in a Global Environment

and choose one optional module from the following list:

  • Investment Appraisals and Financial Markets
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Personnel Economics for Managers
Please note that the optional module choices are indicative.

How you will be assessed

All modules are assessed by coursework and final examination. Coursework may account for as much as 40-50% of the overall degree.

Careers

Our graduates work in small firms, in large multinational firms with offices throughout the world, in the public sector or in international and charitable organisations. There is an enormous variety of work that includes meeting a wide cross-section of different people, giving advice, and providing management and technical services.

"The courses are disciplined and competitive. Professors are very helpful and the library is the best place to study/hang out/discuss and pretty much do anything and everything. But the seller is the level of diversity in the class, not just in terms of nationality but also in terms of educational background, age, experience, geographical and lingual background. When you look at things from one perspective and when you look at them from many different perspectives, you learn an extraordinary amount."

Saira Zahid, graduated in 2011, and now works as Associate Manager in the Consumer Market Knowledge Department at Procter & Gamble.

Follow the School of Business Careers Rep on Twitter @UoDCBusiness.

Entry Requirements

EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.

A good (at least an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent) first degree in any subject which has enabled the applicant to develop analytical and quantitative skills. Places are limited and early application is advised even for well-qualified candidates.

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in any component (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.
The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

Fees and Funding

Academic Year Home/EU Overseas
2013-14 £4,500 £11,000
2014-15 £5,000 £11,500

Sources of Funding

Information about the School of Business scholarships can be found on the School of Business scholarships webpage.

Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.

SAAS tuition fee loans are available for this course for students who meet the eligibility criteria. Visit our SAAS tuition fee loan webpage for more information and links.

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

How to Apply

Apply online via UKPASS, you can choose a pathway during the application process, but this does not commit you to a particular pathway, your final choice is made when you enrol.

You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

June Campbell

Programme Administrator
School of Business
University of Dundee
Nethergate
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Scotland

Telephone: 01382 384 443 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384 443 (from outside the UK)

Fax: 01382 388421 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 388421 (from outside the UK)

Email: j.m.campbell@dundee.ac.uk

Admissions Contact

Postgraduate Admissions
Admissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee
Nethergate
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Scotland

Telephone: 01382 384 384 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384 384 (from outside the UK)

Fax: 01382 385 500 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 385 500 (from outside the UK)

Email: postgrad-admissions@dundee.ac.uk