MSc International Business

MSC International Business Aston University
I took advantage of Aston's double degree course and spent a year in France. It helped me improve my international business skills alongside studying French, giving me a 

competitive advantage."

Parisa Bhatararat

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent 

MSc International Business focuses on the links between major business functions and their role in international business and commerce giving you specialist knowledge in conducting business activities internationally. Our graduates go on to work at compies including Ernst & Young, Bosch and Deutsche Bank.

Ranked 85th globally and 14th in the UK by the Financial Times Masters in Management
In the top 25 Universal Best Masters ranking across the UK and Western Europe
Visit a partner school in Europe for a one-week residential
Learn the key skills international employers want across a range of sectors

MSc International Business focuses on the links between major business functions and their role in international business and commerce. You will develop knowledge of the special requirements for conducting business activities across national boundaries, relevant theories and their application in business. You will also have the opportunity to study at one of our European partner institutions and visit international companies through our integrated Study Abroad programme.

The course will develop expertise in core areas of international business, strategic management and business economics. The wide range of elective modules will enable you to develop skills in a specific business function linked to international business (finance, marketing or operations management) or pursue related areas such as entrepreneurship and business sustainability. 

Core Modules: 

  • International Business

  • Advanced Topics in International Business 

  • Strategic Management

  • Economic Environment of Business 

  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules: 

Choose four modules from the following list, subject to pre-requisites and restrictions on some modules and combinations 

  • Intellectual Property Strategy & Management
  • Business Finance
  • International Finance
  • Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
  • Strategic Business Sustainability  
  • People & World Organisations
  • Marketing Management 
  • International Marketing Management 
  • International Operations
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
  • Operations Management
  • CSR, Sustainable Development & Public Policy
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • International Business strategy
  • Entrepreneurial & Innovation in Emerging Economies

The course then concludes with a dissertation project.


The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas:

  • Giving presentations
  • Team working
  • Report writing
  • Negotiation
  • IT skills.

Core modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of business skills and knowledge in demand by graduate employers.These include:

  • Interpreting financial statements covering income, balances and cash flow
  • Budgetary control and analysing business costs using Cost Volume Profit and contribution analysis
  • Econometric modelling of stochastic trends and performance forecasting
  • International HRM including: cross-cultural communication; diversity management; and HR issues in expatriation/repatriation, acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures
  • Developing marketing and pricing strategies, plans and marketing mix policies; international promotion strategies and distribution channels
  • Internationalisation of production and trade, including: the international product life cycle; forms of international business activity; national competitive strategies; and economic integration
  • International sectors, emerging and transition economies, cultural differences, international business strategies and strategic alliances
  • Operational planning and management including: product, service and process design; choice of layout and technology; statistical stock control and MRPI
  • Strategy processes and techniques including: value chain analysis, ‘make or buy’ decisions; implementing and managing strategic change in an international environment
  • Innovation processes, innovation-based strategies and creating competitive advantage through innovation
  • Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
  • Analytical skills developed through research dissertation.

The wide range of elective modules available on this course enables you to develop skills across a range of business functions including: marketing; HR; finance, investment and business law; operations; and international markets and investments.

Course director

Karim Kirollos 
Karim is a Teaching Fellow in International Business at Aston Business School. He teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and does research on multinationals from Latin America, mergers and acquisitions and more recently, tax avoidance.  Karim has acted as a consultant to the United Nations Conference Trade and Development, specialising on economic integration, SMEs and foreign direct investment.  He was a consultant to the ASEAN Investment Report 2015 and is contributing to the upcoming ASEAN Investment Report 2016. 

Business skills for life: the essential Aston Professional Development Programme

The Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integral module that forms part of your MSc taught course from day one.This compulsory module runs throughout the academic year. We have designed it around knowledge through practice - to enhance your employability as you customise the PDP experience to suit your own learning goals and skills development needs.

We take a multidimensional, qualitative and individually tailored approach. Using reflective models, we integrate a competency-based framework into our existing academic programmes.  You will engage with different kinds of experiential learning, such as skills workshops, work-based experience, study abroad and develop your own unique skillset.  

This pathway between theory and the world of work brings together Aston’s faculty, careers practitioners and business and academic partnerships teams to help you step into your future careers as culturally aware, global professionals.

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This degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers in businesses and organisations engaged in international activities, including consultancy, business analysis, marketing, business development, sales management, finance and purchasing. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Assistant Advisor – Ernst & Young (Zimbabwe)
  • Marketing Specialist – Bosch (China)
  • Relationship Marketing Professional – IBM (India)
  • Senior Analyst – Deutsche Bank (UK)
  • Trainee Buyer – Tesco (UK). 

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration of course: Full-time - 12 months
Start date: September


UK/EU:          £11,200  
International:  £17,650

Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here

Interested? We'd love to hear from you. 

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