International Business - MA

In a world that is increasingly interconnected – economically, politically and socially – today’s leaders need a wide-ranging understanding of today’s business issues, plus the wider management, entrepreneurial and communication skills that will enable them to thrive in a changing global environment.

The MA International Business is designed for students seeking to build a career in an international business setting. It will enable you to develop a sound understanding of international business, together with capability in the key linked disciplines of international marketing, human resource management, finance and entrepreneurship.

The option to study a language is an important aspect of the programme, enabling you to communicate effectively in an international business context. Options for language study include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Why should I choose this programme?

The programme will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of international business issues. You will increase your awareness of change and the dynamics of different cultures, and develop evaluative and problem-solving skills.

There is a strong focus on developing your personal as well as professional attributes. You will evaluate your own strengths and abilities, and plan your own development, learning to act on your own initiative and take responsibility for your actions.

Key skills, aims and objectives

  • develop your interests and knowledge through options in a range of specialist areas, such as family business, international negotiation or coaching
  • develop evaluative and problem-solving skills
  • increase your awareness of change and the dynamics of different cultures
  • ability to analyse complex situations, respond with creative solutions and communicate effectively in almost any situation

Future opportunities

The diverse, practical nature of the programme will enable you to develop a range of transferable skills that will enhance your employment prospects across a wide range of businesses. Your skills will also open doors to you in areas such as management strategy, consulting, marketing and developing business start-ups.


There are two entry points a year in January and September. If you begin your studies in September, it will take approximately 12 months to complete the programme. If you start in January, it will take approximately 16 months.


Modules for the MA International Business are subject to validation.


 You will take the following core modules:

  • Corporate Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management
  • Global Marketing and Communications
  • International Business and Finance
  • Research Methods
  • Strategy and Decision-Making
  • Dissertation or Business Research Project

In addition to the core modules, you will choose two of the following elective modules:

  • Business Analytics
  • Coaching
  • Creative Processes
  • Emerging Economies
  • Enterprise Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Family Business
  • International Business and Economic Policy
  • International Negotiation
  • Language
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Transnational Marketing Seminar

See module descriptions

Future start dates

19 September 2016

January 2017


Fees 2016/17

Full tuition fee: £16,800
Registration fee: £250 
Non-EU advance deposit: £2,000

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A minimum of a lower-second class (2:2) UK honours undergraduate degree or its international equivalent from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre will be accepted. If you are unsure as to the comparability of your qualification, please contact us.

Exceptional Entry
We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ managerial work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

Please contact us for further information on applying through this route:

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information:

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

– 18/07/2014


For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 4 or above HL or SL.  English B grade 5 at HL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5  (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 (internet-based test) (TOEFL results not accepted post 17 April 2014 for non EU/UK students)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) with an average score of 58 (minimum of 51 in each component) (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)
  • Trinity College London Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for life (B2): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)
  • Trinity College London Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for life (C1): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English II (B2): a pass in reading, listening, speaking, writing (applicable to non-EU and EU students)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Please check their website for current information:

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us:

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school
  • Two letters of reference in support of your application. These can be academic or professional. If you have recently graduated, at least one should be from your previous academic institution
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable.
  • A 300 to 500-word personal statement in support of your application, outlining your reasons for applying to your chosen programme and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the refundable registration fee
  • Pay the refundable non-EU advance tuition fee deposit (if applicable)

Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation, and (where needed) the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Border Agency website (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa):

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Chevening Scholarship

The UK Government’s global scholarships, available to students from 118 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU). Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential, either full or part funding for full-time postgraduate level study in any subject.

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Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

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Regent's Progress Fund for Alumni

We are delighted when our Alumni decide to return to study on a postgraduate programme. To demonstrate our support for you as a progressing student and acknowledge your academic achievements to date, we are pleased to offer progression scholarships from September 2014 onwards.

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding for students studying at Regent's University London

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Study methods

The practical application of academic learning is a constant theme, and you will be introduced to a variety of theoretical perspectives and encouraged to apply them to real-life situations.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, structured workshops, case-study analysis, group work, tutorials, debates, presentations and business simulations.

Students with disabilities

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

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Last updated: 16 November 2015


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Key information

International Business
European Business School London
Full time
12 - 16 months
£16,800 *
Next start date
19 September 2016 *
Study abroad
Subject to validation

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates

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This degree is recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students on this programme are provided with access to CMI resources during their studies, and can apply for membership to the CMI on degree completion.