About the course
Course and module structure
At the University of Hertfordshire, we’ve created an innovative Master’s in international business, designed to help you build a strong understanding of the way organisations operate globally and help you develop the skills for a hugely rewarding career.
You can now combine this internationally focussed Master’s with a year long placement in industry. An attainment of 60% is required from students if they wish to undertake a placement during the course.
Based just 20 minutes from one of the world’s most dynamic global cities, the Hertfordshire campus is a vibrant, supportive study environment, where you’ll learn from leading industry experts and acclaimed academics, developing a detailed understanding of global practices and trends.
You’ll explore international business from a number of perspectives, including economics, finance, strategy, supply chain, management, marketing across cultures and research methods. There’s also the opportunity to choose optional modules to tailor your Master’s studies, as well as to conduct a piece of individual postgraduate research, creating a dissertation or business plan.
Throughout your time at Hertfordshire, you’ll also develop specialist skills that enable you to work effectively across national borders. These include communication, numeracy, graphics, multicultural team-working, reflective learning and the ability to critically analyse complex business challenges to reach considered creative solutions. You’ll also build a strong awareness of cultural, socio-economic and political differences.
This is a life-changing Master’s, dramatically developing your skills, understanding and confidence. You’ll graduate as a more mature professional, better able to cope with stress and change, more sensitive to cultural differences, more capable of operating in a fast-moving global environment, and more able to see opportunities where others only see threats.
You’ll have a unique combination of skills sought after by employers all over the world, as well as a strong network of international contacts – some will become your close friends and a few may even become your future business partners.
Partnerships and opportunities
While the majority of our postgraduate students begin this Master’s with a degree or experience in business or management, this isn’t essential. We welcome students without a business background who want to move their career in this direction. We also offer a choice of starting dates and course lengths, so you can shape your studies to suit you.
You’ll be joined here in Hertfordshire by postgraduate students from our partner institutions in Vancouver and Los Angeles, who spend part of their courses studying with us. This is a great opportunity to draw on experiences and perspectives from other parts of the world and creates a vibrant student community, as well as a network of contacts overseas.
The research element of this postgraduate course gives you the opportunity to explore any aspect of global business that particularly interests you. You’ll write a dissertation, business report or business plan and many students find this helps them to focus their ambitions and begin to carve out a specific career path.
Why choose this course?
- Develop the valuable skills and in-depth knowledge you need for a successful international business career.
- Learn from leading academics and industry experts in the University of Hertfordshire’s fantastic learning environment.
- Study alongside postgraduate students from around the world, developing a truly international perspective on today’s corporate challenges.
- Tailor your Master’s to suit you, with a range of optional modules, start dates and course lengths.
- Build a global network of contacts, creating friendships, collaborations and potential career opportunities.
Dr Keith Salmon
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Dr Peter Fraser
Senior Lecturer and module leader for Managing a Small Business
Ms Siegrid Beck