MSc International Business

This MSc in International Business concentrates on the links between the major business functions and their role in international business and commerce.

Why choose this course? 

  • Develop an appreciation of the special requirements for successfully conducting international business activities across national boundaries
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of relevant theories and be able to apply them in business case studies
  • Prepares you for a wide range of professional and management careers in businesses and organisations engaged in international activities. 

This MSc International Business focuses on the links between major business functions and their role in international business and commerce. Students will develop knowledge of the special requirements for successfully conducting business activities across national boundaries,alongside an understanding of relevant theories and their application in business. 

You will have an opportunity to visit one of our European partner institutions. The study visit programme typically includes lectures by staff from the partner institution and company visits.

The programme covers core areas of international business, strategic management and business economics. The wide range of elective modules offered in addition enables students to develop skills in a specific business function linked to international business (finance, marketing, or operations management) or pursue other related areas such as entrepreneurial strategies and business sustainability.

Students have an opportunity to go on a study visit to one of our partner institutions in Europe.  The programme typically includes lectures by staff from the partner institution and company visits. Many students take advantage of our term 3 study aboard programme.  For more details please click here.

Core Modules:

Optional Modules: 

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

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

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

Course directors

Mr Kirit Vaidya 
B.Soc.Sc. (Economics, Politics, Sociology), FRSA 
Senior Lecturer in Business Economics, MSc in International Business Course Director and member of the Economics and Strategy Group. Chair of the Aston Business School Technology Strategy Group (TSG).

Research interests in technology transfer and industrial development business strategies in emerging economies with special reference to China and rural infrastructure planning in developing countries.

His recent projects and publications include “Capability development of Chinese manufacturing enterprises”, “Shifting comparative advantage of Chinese manufacturing sectors” and "Employment generation through public works in South Africa, Nepal and Cambodia".

Dr Yama Temouri
Yama is a Lecturer in International Business. His research interests includes the links between institutional quality, foreign direct investment (FDI) and firm performance.

Teaching staff

This programme prepares you for a wide range of professional and management careers in businesses and organisations engaged in international activities.  These opportunities exist across business functions and sectors including accountancy, marketing, operations, HR and strategic management.

Known employment destinations for this programme cover all the main business areas and show that typical jobs entered include: consultancy and business analysis, marketing, business development and sales management; finance and purchasing.

Examples of jobs taken up by our recent graduates include:
  • Management Trainee – Exel Europe
  • Junior Finance Officer – RBS
  • Personnel Advisor – Reed
  • Managing Director – PLG Photovoltaic (India)
  • Key Accountant - Diageo
  • Marketing Specialist – IBM (Greece)
  • Business Intelligence Analyst - Prudential

Aston Business School has a network of ‘Career Champions’ - MSc alumni who are working in a range of sectors globally or running their own business. To find out more about Career Champions click here.

Students 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 and transferable skills and knowledge demanded 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 programme enables students to develop skills across a range of business functions including: marketing; HR; finance, investment and business law; operations; and international markets and investments.

Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:

  • A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students 

  • 24 hours access

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms

  • Computer labs

  • Lounge area

  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Entry requirements

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 programme: Full-time - 12 months
Start date: September


UK/EU:          £10,900 (2015 fee) 
International:  £16,800 (2015 fee) 

Contact details: 

Aston Business School postgraduate admissions office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3200
Email: abspgenquiry@aston.ac.uk

Ekaterina Polityko

Ekaterina Polityko

Taking on the challenge of an MSc in International Business was a life-changing decision, which gave Ekaterina the opportunity to study abroad and then helped her get a job that she admits would otherwise have been out of reach.

Career and personal development

Career and personal development

Funding your study

Funding your study

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research