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International Business

Do you like your business with an extra international dimension for good measure? A postgraduate qualification in international business could be an option for you if you want to expand your knowledge on global aspects of business before joining the job hunt.

What will I study on an international business postgraduate course?

There are plenty of international business courses to choose from; no matter what the specialist area, they should all generally cover these topics:

  • International accounting
  • International finance
  • International marketing
  • Global talent management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate responsibility
  • International business strategy
  • International operations.

Each course syllabus will offer a number of optional modules alongside core subjects, from which you’ll have to select two or three. This will allow you to expand on your own interests during your studies. You’ll develop problem solving skills in international business and an in-depth knowledge of the global business environment and how different departments adapt, as well as tailored international management theories and strategies.

Many international business postgraduate courses have specialist areas. Some of the most common are marketing, management and project management.

A postgraduate degree in this subject will usually take between one and two years to complete.

Entry requirements…

You’ll need at least a 2:1 in an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from any discipline in order to be considered for a place on most international business courses.   

International students need to pass an English language proficiency test if they don’t have English as their first language and/or don’t already have an undergraduate degree from the UK.

Where could an international business postgraduate qualification take me?

You could join a firm of any size as more and more businesses look to expand and broaden their opportunities. The global business perspective and skills students gain from a course like this are a huge advantage for any company with their eye on global markets.

Typical industries for international business postgraduates…

Here are a few career option areas for graduates from international business courses:

  • Human resources
  • Business operations
  • Accounting
  • Risk management
  • Consulting
  • Retail banking
  • Tax
  • Infrastructure.

By Jos Weale, Editor, AllAboutFinanceCareers.com