• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Business
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Prepares business and non-business graduates for broad-based and specialised careers in international business

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

This flexible course at the University of Dundee is designed to orientate your earlier degree qualification towards careers in international business, governance, finance, banking, accountancy, marketing or human resource management. It allows you to choose the area you want to specialise in as well as gain transferable skills so you’re ready for a range of potentially high-earning careers.

Whether you have a business or non-business degree, this course will give you a good grounding in business strategy, finance and investment in an international context.

The course responds directly to employers’ needs and prioritises team work, research and data analysis, report writing, presentations and multi-cultural interaction. It comprises a foundation module, eight core and optional modules and a short focused business report.

Contact the programme director

Want to discuss the programme, application process or life in Dundee? You can  Skype Dr Bill Russell on uodschoolofbusiness. If he's online just call, otherwise send him a message indicating when you would like to chat. Or email w.r.russell@dundee.ac.uk

The titles of the pathways listed below indicate to future employers the skills and understanding you have developed on the course. 

You’ll be meeting leading practitioners through the University’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture Series and the Enterprise Gym and hearing from them, first hand, about critical and relevant aspects of international business.

This conversion degree course includes off-campus learning events embedded in a number of its modules and an ‘urban experience’ element demonstrating the fundamental importance of team-building within a business context.

We welcome students from the UK and elsewhere to our stimulating, supportive, friendly and well-organised campus. Dundee is among the fastest risers in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings and has also been rated the best in Scotland by some of the most influential higher education surveys. Teaching staff are all research active and leading figures in their field.

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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Common to all the pathways on the MSc International Business course is the Foundation Economics and Statistics for Business module giving you the basic economics and statistics skills required for the course; a combination of core international business and pathway specific modules, and a business project. 

The compulsory modules provide you with: (i) an understanding of business statistics valued by employers; (ii) a broad appreciation of international business through an understanding of strategy, finance and investment in an international context; (iii) the opportunity to apply your knowledge to the analysis of a specific business issue.

The pathway specific modules allow you to tailor your programme of studies to suit your needs for future professional or academic development. 

In response to feedback from employers the business project is aimed at helping you to write sharp focused business reports rather than a longer conventional MSc dissertation.

How you will be taught

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, group-work and student presentations. All modules provide opportunities for you to acquire and practice applicable skills (eg problem solving, case study analysis, group working). 

How you will be assessed

All modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and final assessment held at the end of each Semester with a re-sit opportunity shortly thereafter. Coursework may account for as much as 40-50% of the overall degree.

Core Modules

The module is taught intensively in the first two weeks of the Programme. The module aims to provide each student with the basic knowledge and skills required for the main components of the programme. The module includes a selection of key concepts and tools in microeconomics, macroeconomics, finance and statistics: demand and supply; elasticities; costs, revenue and market structures; GDP, monetary and fiscal policy; basic mathematics for business; description of data – graphical, tabular and descriptive statistics; data collection and sampling; index numbers; distributions, correlation and hypothesis testing.

The module introduces you to a variety of statistical methods useful for decision making and to provide students with the quantitative skills required to use data and information to inform decisions in business and finance. The module provides an introduction to probability theory, estimation and statistical inference and regression analysis. On completion of the module you will be able to apply standard methods of statistical analysis, interpret the results of stochastic models and discuss these models’ more general applications.

This enables students to understand the effects of trade, labour and investment policies on firms' decisions. 

This considers the strategic issues that firms face when operating in global markets.

You will examine the fundamental concepts of international trade, finance and investment. It introduces the tools and techniques for asset pricing and capital budgeting, provides an overview of financial risk assessment and balance of payments and analyses the operation of the foreign exchange market and the determination of exchange rates. Topics you will cover include compounding, discounting and discounted cash flow analysis, the valuation of stocks and bonds in financial markets, the measurement of risk and the role of risk in asset pricing and financial decision-making, the balance of payments and the influence of macroeconomic factors on trade, the operation of currency markets and theories of exchange rate determination.

This element aims to develop your theoretical, empirical, analytical and presentational skills in areas of international business.

MSc International Business

Students choose four pathway specific modules from the following list:

  • Global Financial Markets
  • Principles of Marketing as Creative Practice
  • International Business Strategy
  • Customer Experience Design
  • Media, Brands and Digital Marketing
  • Human Resource Management Strategies
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Applied Business and Marketing Research
  • Forecasting for Business and Finance
  • Personnel Economics for Managers
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Accounting for Non-Specialists
  • Global Risk Analysis
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Leadership and Decision Making

MSc International Business and Finance

Students also take:

  • Global Financial Markets
  • Forecasting for Business and Finance
  • Derivatives and Risk Management

and one optional module from the following list:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Performance Measurement and Reporting
  • Business Accounting for Non-Specialists
  • Global Risk Analysis
  • Emerging Financial Markets and Investment
  • Strategic Management Accounting

MSc International Business, Accounting and Finance

Students also take:

  • Global Financial Markets
  • Strategic Management Accounting

and one of the following:

  • Business Accounting for Non-Specialists
  • International Accounting and Reporting

and one optional module from the following list:

  • Forecasting for Business and Finance
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Global Risk Analysis
  • Corporate Governance
  • Performance Measurement and Reporting
  • Emerging Financial Markets and Investment

MSc International Business and Banking

Students also take:

  • International Banking
  • Money, Investment and Banking Systems
  • Current Issues of Banking and Finance
  • Banking and Financial Services Law

MSc International Business, Banking and Finance

Students take two optional modules from:

  • International Banking
  • Money, Investment and Banking Systems
  • Current Issues of Banking and Finance
  • Banking and Financial Services Law

and two optional modules from:

  • Global Financial Markets
  • Forecasting for Business and Finance
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Global Risk Analysis
  • Emerging Financial Markets and Investments

MSc International Business and Management

Students also take four optional modules from the following list:

  • Managing People and Organisations
  • 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 at least three of the following:

  • Principles of Marketing as Creative Practice
  • Customer Experience Design
  • Media, Brands and Digital Marketing
  • Marketing Management and Strategy 

and up to one optional module from the following list:

  • International Business Strategy
  • Personnel Economics for Managers
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Accounting for Non-Specialists
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Leadership and Decision Making

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:

  • Principles of Marketing as Creative Practice
  • International Business Strategy
  • Customer Experience Design
  • Forecasting for Business and Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Accounting for Non-Specialists
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Leadership and Decision Making

MSc International Business, Marketing and Human Resource Management

Students also take:

  • Principles of Marketing as Creative Practice
  • Human Resource Management Strategies

and one optional module from the following list:

  • Customer Experience Design
  • Marketing Management and Strategy
  • Media, Brands and Digital Marketing

and one optional module from the following list:

  • International Human Resource Management
  • Personnel Economics for Managers

That the optional module choices are indicative.

At the University of Dundee our master’s courses prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect their postgraduate recruits to have advanced technical and communication skills, to be confident team-workers, independent researchers, good project-managers and be at the leading edge of their specialism. Our degree courses are designed to respond to these demands.

Our graduates work in small and large multinational firms with offices throughout the world. 

You’ll be able to make use of the University's dedicated Careers service to help you to confidently present yourself to the world's top employers.

Natalia Varela

My year at the University of Dundee was one of the best adventures I have lived. Without knowing anyone and far from my country (Colombia) I arrived, with lots of expectations about a new country, new people and a subject that was new for me. Being able to meet people from two intakes onto the MSc programme is a great help when you arrive as the 'old' ones on the programme are able to help the 'new' ones. The wide range of great people on the programme opened the possibility of learning from them and their cultures. I met amazing people from all over the world which I can now call friends.

Natalia Varela
Marketing Consultant

Sharmistha Chowdhury

It will always be a life time achievement for me to get the opportunity to come and study in University of Dundee. The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship scheme opened up new horizons for me. I have met lots of new and like-minded people from different parts of the world and have made so many great friends here. I’ve been very lucky to have been taught by people who are passionate about their studies and who have transferred their passion onto their students.  Moreover the serene Scottish landscape and weather were always there to inspire me in my distant stay from home. Last of all I have spent the most amazing year in Dundee and will cherish this experience all my life.

Bangladesh

Sharmistha Chowdhury
Assistant Professor, Education Management, Jagannath University, Bangladesh

Osamudiamen Ekhaguere

I studied international business, marketing and human resource management. My course equips me with transferable skills to use in exciting careers. The overall aim is that it provides me with skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur, with knowledge of finance, trade, marketing and human resource management. I will have complete knowledge on how business works (and not just accept any report provided by an auditor). I can also make successful decisions concerning business proposals. Be prepared to study really hard. Lecture modules and materials are available to use online, and the library is rich with books which can be borrowed freely.

Osamudiamen Ekhaguere

Natalia Varela joined the MSc programme having completed a Bachelor of Design degree in Colombia. She graduated with an MSc International Business and Marketing degree with distinction in January 2015 and won the prize for the best International Business project.

Since graduating, Natalia has set up and is running a business consulting in creative and strategic marketing in Colombia while working as a digital marketing analyst in the largest funds management company in Colombia.

Generally a good (at least a second class Honours degree or equivalent) first degree in any subject which has enabled the applicant to develop analytical and quantitative skills. If you are concerned that your qualifications do not meet our normal expectation you may apply, but you should include a short personal statement concerning your general interest in your own education, work experience and prior relevant learning. Places are limited and early application is advised even for well-qualified candidates.æ

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 5.5
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £5,950 per year of study
Rest of UK students £5,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants

You can submit your application via UKPASS without references attached. Simply supply the names and contact details of two referees and we will contact them if necessary.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

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Course Contact

Dr Yin Zhang
Social Sciences
y.x.zhang@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 384373

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