How does an organisation expand internationally? How is entrepreneurship applied in different countries and cultures?
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:
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. Essex is an exciting and highly relevant place to study international business and entrepreneurship. Our county has more start-up businesses than any other in the UK and our School attracts students and academics from all over the world; our current Masters students join us from more than 40 countries across our Colchester and Southend campuses. Our School is ranked in the top 25 for research excellence (REF 2014).
MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship is also available to study part-time.
The University of Essex offer a number of scholarships and discounts for Masters students, including those for overseas applicants. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company for students from the UK.
Our academics have a global understanding of international business and entrepreneurship, specialising in both established and developing markets. They are at the forefront of financial and business research and use this knowledge in their teaching to ensure your education is at the cutting-edge of real-world business issues.
Creativity, innovation and ethical awareness are central to our teaching and research, ensuring we provide you with the relevant skills to think critically and tackle the demands of the international business world.Our staff specialise in areas including:
Professor of International Business and Deputy Dean of Essex Business School, Professor Mehmet Demirbag teaches International Business and International Strategic Management at our Southend campus. Mehmet is a senior editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management and a consulting editor of the Journal of International Management and an editorial review board member for a number of business journals. His current research focusses on how corporate governance regulations influence the corporate social responsibility policies that firms adopt in different countries.
Essex Business School is home to a number of research groups. Our entrepreneurship academics are active members of the School’s Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship group produces cutting-edge research into issues affecting the sustainable growth of business, society and the economy. Our Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is where many of our academics explore issues impacting entrepreneurship and innovation, such as local economic growth and access to broadband.
Our 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 to take back home.
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.
When you choose our Southend Campus for your studies, you’ll have access to a superb learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities including:
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.
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.
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 and Morgan Stanley. Graduate startups include international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
Read our graduate profiles to see the types of organisations our alumni work for.
Our University Student Development Careers Services are on hand to help you make the most of your Essex experience. They can help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities to enhance your employability. You can also access employer talks on campus.
A 2:2 degree or international equivalent, in any discipline.
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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Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
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.
The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.
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 planned for 2021 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.
We develop your practical business skills to make you more employable:
£19,380EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.
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