International Business


Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2021
  • Future start date: Jan 2022
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 12 - 16 months
  • Fee: Sept 2021 - £22,000


A global degree designed for students seeking to build an international career in a dynamic business environment.  

This training will develop your understanding of international business and build on your knowledge of disciplines including marketing, strategic management, finance and entrepreneurship.  

Practical exercises will expose you to real-life business issues and train you to respond effectively to dynamic situations in complex international environments.  

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). If you join the Institute as a student member and complete the mapped modules, you will receive a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice on completion of your degree.

Module options in a range of languages will help you develop the communication skills to work effectively in international settings.  

This practical degree will enhance your employment prospects and prepare you for an international career in areas such as strategic analysis and management, consulting, marketing and entrepreneurship.

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Students may start the programme in either January or September. If you begin in September, the programme is 12 months, while a programme starting in January will last for 16 months.

Core modules

Module Title Overview
Corporate Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management This module will focus on entrepreneurship in an increasingly competitive global environment and the human resource function that is vital to implementing an international staffing strategy. This module will look at the relationship between the human resources, their competencies and skills, policies and practices to the overall corporate strategy of the organisation.
Global Marketing and Communications This module will focus on both marketing and marketing communications, an area of cross-over which is often overlooked in industry. This module is about joined-up thinking, a key asset in marketing and communicating to a global audience. You will learn to critically evaluate factors affecting international marketing with communications approaches and dissect issues in developing international marketing with communications globally.
International Business and Finance This module will define the international business framework within which MNEs are born and grow, as well as provide analytical tools for dissecting varying motivations for MNE behaviour. You will also learn to identify ways in which companies seek to gain international competitive advantage and apply current research to interpretations of international business strategies.
Research Methods In order to make proper use of research-based information for decision making it is necessary to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the methods and techniques used to collect and analyse such information. There is a wide range of possible approaches to conducting research or consultancy studies which vary in terms of the kinds of questions they seek to answer and the methods used to provide answers are explored in this module.
Strategy and Decision-Making This module aims to provide you with an insight into a complex and often contradictory subject area where the perspectives are as diverse as there are writers on the subject. You will develop awareness on the significance of the dynamic and ever-changing international business environments and the strategic challenges confronting organisations. You will learn relevant frameworks for analysing the external macro and competitive dynamics as well as the internal organisational environments and the strategic decision-making techniques used to successfully formulate, evaluate, select (from options) and implement appropriate strategies.
Dissertation or Business Research Project The Dissertation or Business Project is a major research-based activity. The Master’s level dissertation is distinguished from other forms of writing by its attempt to analyse situations in terms of the ‘bigger picture’. The Business Project has a company focus. You will be required to write a literature review and have a sound methodology underpinning the research, provide detailed analysis based on your findings and make recommendations. You will build on the knowledge and understanding from the Research Methods module to write a significant assignment and demonstrate your ability to assess and evaluate areas of the subject being investigated to a narrow and specific area (in particular for a project to meet the sponsor and other stakeholders criteria).

Elective modules

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

Module Title Overview
Business Analytics Business analytics has become an imperative strategic tool for organisations of all sizes in identifying market trends and patterns, and optimising business processes and decision-making. This module is designed to develop your business-level understanding of the key technologies involved in managing business information needed for the decision-making process. This module will equip you with the ability to interpret, conceptualise and convert Big Data into useful information that improves an organisation’s performance.
Coaching This module aims to provide you with the relevant coaching tools and techniques so that you can “coach” people with confidence. It aims to raise your self-awareness, so that you ask questions about yourself. It also provides the necessary tools so that you learn not only about yourself, and how to view things from another perspective, but learn from the insights and resolution of the coaching process.
Creative Processes The module offers you an experiential exploration of diverse approaches to creative process, coupled with a parallel questioning of the application of creative processes in management contexts. It allows you to explore how creative processes function as an indispensable tool in today’s business world, whilst giving you the opportunity to reflect on your own creative journeys and to question the best means of applying personal creative discoveries to your career trajectory. This approach allows you to develop a practical understanding of 'creative flow’ (Csikszentmihalyi, 2008) and ‘creative confidence’ (Kelley, 2010). Through such learning experiences you will begin to build your own understanding of what is meant by creative process in management contexts they have known and may enter.
Emerging Economies This module is designed to enable you to develop conceptual understanding of the entrepreneurial opportunities offered by the emerging economies in the context of economic, political, legal, institutional and business issues where decision making is taking place in complex and unpredictable situations. You will be able to utilise knowledge gained from other modules to recognise the key global measuring indicators as essential tools of exploitation and management of opportunities.
Enterprise Entrepreneurship and Innovation This module combines ideas and concepts from the fields of Entrepreneurship and Innovation to create a learning environment that allows you to deconstruct taken-for- granted tools, theories and practices by thinking-out-of the box, to create proactive solutions to contemporary business problems as well as develop the ability to stretch boundaries in an attempt to identify innovative entrepreneurial solutions. By stretching your thinking, intellectual, creative and innovative skills, it is hoped you will make better entrepreneurs, managers and leaders.
Family Business This module explores the leadership, succession planning, management, family, career and personal issues found in family-owned and managed companies. If you are a member of a family business, you may have witnessed the ambiguous, charged and often challenging issues involved at first hand. Eighty per cent of the world’s businesses are family-owned, and the ability to drive a family business forward is important if it is to continue to grow, or to thrive into subsequent generations of family ownership. Only a third of family companies pass successfully from the founder generation into the second generation, and very few remain viable into the third generation.
International Business and Economic Policy The purpose of this module is to undertake a systematic exploration of macro and micro-economic influences on the global business environment. You will gain familiarity with a wide array of approaches to economic policy-making, deepening your ability to critique the political economic contexts you will encounter in real international business situations. A secondary goal is to bolster your capacity for discerning which economic phenomena are embedded in long-term trends, as opposed to other, more ideologically-driven paradigms that wax and wane over time. This module embraces this crossover and seeks to demystify economics for Regent's business students by introducing you to the great thinkers of history using prose and poetry rather than graphs.
International Negotiation Although negotiation can be defined in different ways, from a simple process of bargaining over price to a more complex process of negotiating roles and positions in a merger or joint venture, it is clear that it is a skill that lies at the heart of international business. This module will show you that negotiation is not simply about a win-win or win-lose outcome. Through an intensive exploration of different attitudes and perspectives and a highly practical simulation activity, you will develop understanding and skills as future negotiators on the international stage.
Regent's Connect (language elective) Regent’s Connect is a portfolio of language, cultural and cross-cultural elective modules available to the student community at Regent’s University London. Connect Modules are designed to broaden your education, enhance your CV and give you those extra attributes employers are often looking for. You will gain valuable life skills such as the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries, you will develop resilience and self-awareness.

In an increasingly interconnected world, knowledge of a foreign language can facilitate transactions and provide skills which are crucial for success in a multicultural environment. Cultural sensitivity and intelligence will enable you to have more rewarding social interaction with people who have a different identity from your own and increase your global career prospects.
Private Equity and Venture Capital Venture Capital and Private Equity (PE) seem opaque with complicated legal structures and a particularly alienating jargon. An understanding of the way things work, why they are structured in a particular way and how to talk about them properly is a goal of this module. This module focuses on the clarification and justification of the legal and business structure in Private Equity/Venture Capital. It also incorporates the additional layer of complexity and contextual factors arising from the ‘hands-on’ financial aspects.
Transnational Marketing Seminar This module aims at expanding your understanding of cutting edge knowledge and challenges businesses face in international markets while enhancing your application of theory and practice in international marketing. You will learn to evaluate and critically understand concepts such as transnationality, globalisation and cosmopolitanism, and understand their relevance for marketing practice and scholarship.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application.These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 1,000 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2: Receive a response to your application

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

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer, please pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place. 

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.



Tuition fees

Annual tuition fee for September 2021 entrants: £22,000

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000
Non-EU students: £4,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. 

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses (such as Summer programmes) that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 for the year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Additional fee charges

  • The programme fee outlined is for the full Masters programme including the dissertation element
  • Should there be a requirement to retake modules during an additional term of study or during the dissertation term,  there will be an additional charge per module retaken at the rate applicable to that period of study
  • The module charge will be calculated on a credit basis for each module, in line with the overall credit weighting of the programme  
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • All fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching and assessment

Students will learn in small groups, via seminars and workshops. There will be a focus on group discussion, but you will also be encouraged to study independently.

This programme will develop your teamwork skills, as well as your managerial and leadership abilities. Visits to companies will show you international business practices in action.

Academic Calendar

Contact hours and expected workload

In a typical week you will attend up to 24 hours of lectures and seminars. The MA International Business has approximately 200 learning hours per 20-credit module and approximately 100 learning hours per 10 credit module.

Methods of assessment

Students will be assessed through:

  • Essays
  • Assignments
  • Debates
  • Group coursework
  • Presentations
  • Debates
  • Exams
  • Research plans
  • Dissertation

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Minimum entry requirements for Level 7 students

One of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum second class UK undergraduate degree
  • Equivalent international qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University
  • Exceptional entry will be assessed on case by case basis by academic referral only based on:
    - An undergraduate degree lower than 2:2 plus one year of relevant work experience
    - No undergraduate degree but three years of relevant work experience

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’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1,000-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

English Language requirements 

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 5.5 or above in all 4 component parts
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Regent's English Proficiency Test (REPT)

We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.


Graduates have progressed to careers in:

  • Management
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Strategic analysis
  • Developing businesses / start-ups

You will leave the programme with a range of transferable skills, including the ability to assess situations, develop creative solutions to fast-moving challenges, and to communicate effectively in an international business context.

Professional development

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). If you choose to join and complete the mapped modules, you will receive a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice on completion of your degree.

Engaging with Chartered Management Institute (CMI) as a professional body provides a wide range of benefits, which add value to students' learning development in many different ways. Some benefits include:

  • Additional Level 7 qualification at the end of their PG degree completion
  • Access to the Career Development Centre
  • Access to the latest research and thinking
  • Access to Mentoring scheme
  • Access to online Professional Manager magazine
  • Affiliate student membership whilst studying in their degree programme.
  • CMI Management Library - book loans, databases, etc.
  • CMI qualifications fast-track learners into the next stage of their development to become Chartered Managers (CMgr) - on completion of their degree and additional post-nominals after their name when they graduate upon membership renewal.
  • Create and update their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) record online
  • Management Direct - 24/7 extensive online knowledge resource on Management and Leadership – Access to thousands of online resources, including videos, e-learning, and publications
  • Phone and email support from CMI information researchers
  • Events and networking and lots more


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