Postgraduate Course

MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship

MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship

Overview

The details
International Business and Entrepreneurship
October 2022
Full-time
1 year
Southend Campus

International business and entrepreneurial expansion is a desirable business strategy as it opens more avenues for revenue, but careful consideration must be paid to differences in how countries and cultural nuance impact business decisions.

Our MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship explores the theoretical and practical aspects of starting, growing and developing businesses across international borders. You examine different types of international business activity and the theories and innovative approaches to new business creation in different cultural and economic contexts. You do not need to have previously studied business to apply for this course.

You explore topics including:

  • international expansion models
  • applying economic theory to business management
  • international trade theories and practices
  • international business environments
  • economic, sociological, psychological and managerial theories of entrepreneurship
  • how to develop an international business plan

This course develops your practical business skills and theoretical knowledge, so you’re best prepared to launch your own venture, or apply entrepreneurship in an existing company.

This course is delivered by Essex Business School at our Southend Campus. Students and staff come to us from all over the world, creating a classroom experience rich in diversity and working together to build a global understanding. Essex is also a place with entrepreneurial spirit; we have more start-up businesses than any other county in the UK. Together this entrepreneurial spirit and global community make for the perfect place to study entrepreneurship and international business.

Your course benefits from current research by the Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship group and focuses on answering the question: “How can organisations and entrepreneurs increase their benefits to society and minimise their environmental impact?” A Masters from Essex Business School can give you a solid foundation on which to build your career in international business and entrepreneurship.

Why we're great.
  • More than half of our students and staff join us from overseas – we’re an international business community.
  • Essex Startups, our own team of in house startup experts, can help you turn your business idea into a reality.
  • You can choose to complete an international business plan for your own start-up instead of a dissertation.

Our expert staff

Based in Southend-on-Sea, members of the Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship Group have well-established reputations for research in:

  • entrepreneurship and innovation, with a special focus on under-represented groups
  • global sustainable supply chains
  • international business, particularly with reference to emerging markets
  • research and development management
  • data analytics
  • corporate social responsibility activities

During your course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from Professor Mehmet Demirbag, Professor of International Business and Deputy Dean of Essex Business School.

Professor Demirbag investigates multinational firms from emerging markets, exploring their internationalisation strategies, their R&D activities and mergers and acquisitions. Mehmet also has extensive experience in policy development having been the principal advisor for the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Academic members of staff from our Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship Group are supported in their research activities by our flourishing Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management and Internationalisation (REIMI).

The Centre is well known for international business research on emerging-market multinational enterprises (MNEs); technology management; novel research in migrant entrepreneurship and firm internationalisation.

Specialist facilities

MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship is taught at our Southend Campus, just 40 minutes from London and in the heart of the Thames Gateway - one of the Government’s priority areas for economic growth, it is a fitting location for entrepreneurial study.

Essex has the highest number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, meaning you are ideally located for networking, launching a business or gaining inspiration for both your studies and future career.

Choose our Southend Campus, and you’ll have access to a superb learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • our award-winning The Forum building, with an extensive public and academic library and café
  • 24-hour learning hub, with group-study spaces, PC access and places for quiet study
  • Essex Business School Student Services team to support your time at EBS
  • masters study suite for EBS postgraduate students
  • modern lecture theatres and seminar rooms
  • careers support, events and initiatives
  • studyskills support provided by the Essex Business School Learning Team
  • our cosy SU Lounge, with pool tables and large-screen TV for socialising and relaxation

A short walk from campus is The Hive Enterprise Centre - a dedicated business hub that hosts networking events and provides finance and marketing support to start ups and growing businesses.

Southend-on-Sea combines the charms of a traditional seaside resort with the attractions of a vibrant, modern town and our campus sits right at the centre. With seven miles of coastline, a thriving arts and cultural scene and a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife all on your doorstep, it’s the perfect place to live and study. Our town centre location has excellent transport links and London Southend Airport is just five minutes away by train, offering fights to over 50 destinations across Europe.

Your future

A Masters degree in International Business and Entrepreneurship will ensure you have a clear grasp of international business practices and how innovative approaches to new business creation can be applied across international borders - opening the door to global opportunities.

We seek to create the organisational leaders of the future. Our curriculum aims to prepare you for a career as an entrepreneur, an owner-manager, a policy maker in support services, or entrepreneurial management in organisations with a specific interest in international business. Core modules such as International Business and Strategy, Global Supply Chain and Operations Management and Theories and Practice of Entrepreneurship will equip you with an advanced understanding of International business practices and the range of economic, sociological, psychological and managerial theories of enterprise creation and development.

90% of the University of Essex’s postgraduate graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2021). Many of our graduates go on to set up their own businesses or consult on business practice straight after graduation as Essex Business School prepares you for the world of work from day one. Recent graduate destinations include consultancies and financial institutions such as:

  • KPMG
  • EY
  • SAP
  • Morgan Stanley

Read our graduate profiles to see the types of organisations our alumni work for.

Our Student Support team work closely with the University’s Employability and Careers service to help you with careers information and advice and CV support. They will help you find work experience, internships, placements and voluntary opportunities and provide access to employer talks on campus. We also work closely with the Essex Startups team to support our budding entrepreneurs get their business ideas off the ground.

“Essex gave me the opportunity to meet different people and expand my awareness of the different cultures that exist in the world. Although my time was short there which just one year, I really learned a lot you know. I would give anything to have the fond memories I had when I was in Essex because it was such a profound experience that 1 year of my time was not enough. I am glad that I went to Essex, there were a lot of challenges, mistakes I made, toes I stepped on but all in all, it was an amazing experience I had.”

“I am now a Mental Health Counsellor. I never thought I would actually do my present job. At first, I wanted to be a graphic designer in the 3D and animation industry and although I love graphic design I feel I find more happiness and joy in my present career. I studied Entrepreneurship in Essex, so It was very relevant in my current career.”

Charles Omofuma Ituah, MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship (2014)

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2:2 degree or international equivalent, in any discipline.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Course structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible, your core module structure may be subject to change.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: COMPULSORY

Theories and Practice of Entrepreneurship
(15 CREDITS)

This module equips you with a critical understanding of a range of economic, sociological, psychological and managerial theories of enterprise creation and development. Live examples, case studies and journal articles show how these theories apply in practice to real business situations. Working in groups and individually, you have the opportunity to suggest strategies for responding to the issues raised in these case studies. Topics include new business creation, innovative growth and the impact of entrepreneurship on economic and social development.

View Theories and Practice of Entrepreneurship on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: COMPULSORY

Global Supply Chain and Operations Management
(15 CREDITS)

Matching the ability to supply a product or service with customer demand is vital for any organisation. Excess supply can lead to wastage and increased costs, but too little can irritate customers and result in lost revenue. Supply chain management is a complex and challenging task, but, done right, it can create significant competitive advantage. This module explores how organisations manage their product range and operations to best align supply with demand in a global environment, categorised by expanding product variety, increasing outsourcing, and continuous advances in business analytics. You explore areas such as industry competition, resource allocation, organisational learning and competitive dynamics.

View Global Supply Chain and Operations Management on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: CORE

International Business and Strategy
(15 CREDITS)

Achieve an advanced understanding of international business and strategy, and the content and processes of different international expansion modes. You examine why firms enter international markets, and explore different forms of international growth by observing current business practice, case study evidence and theory.

View International Business and Strategy on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Research Methods
(15 CREDITS)

Gain the key skills and competencies to carry out management research or prepare a comprehensive business plan, suitable for the completion of a Masters level programme. You address the philosophical issues underlying management research, and discover how to select methods and judge the quality and value of research outcomes.

View Research Methods on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: CORE WITH OPTIONS

BE984-7-PS or BE958-7-PS
(60 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY

Managerial Economics
(15 CREDITS)

Managerial Economics applies economic theory to business management, decision making and forward planning. This module explores how economic concepts, such as profit, demand, cost, pricing production, competition and business cycles, can be used to solve business problems.

View Managerial Economics on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 07: OPTIONAL

Options from list
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 08: COMPULSORY

The International Business Environment
(15 CREDITS)

Gain an advanced understanding of the external context within which international businesses operate, and the opportunities and challenges this poses to entrepreneurial firms, large and small. You are introduced to key international trade theories and practices, and the application of these to the study of entrepreneurship. You also discuss the external challenges facing international firms, particularly economic, financial, political-legal, technological and cultural challenges.

View The International Business Environment on our Module Directory

Teaching

We develop your practical business skills to make you more employable:

  • tailor your degree to your career goals with our wide range of optional modules
  • our teaching combines group working, applied projects and guest practitioner lectures
  • our courses focus on practical applications and links with industry
  • hear from cutting-edge researchers in our open seminar series
  • research is embedded into our curriculum, so you graduate ready to tackle current entrepreneurial issues

Assessment

  • Regular assessment is by coursework, presentations, case studies, group work, tests and examinations

Dissertation

  • You submit a 15,000 word dissertation or an international business plan

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£13,030

International fee

£20,350

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Southend Campus

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