Business - International Business

The requirement for managers to think globally but act locally is vital to success. An understanding of the international environment in which organisations are now situated cannot be over-emphasised.

Who is the course for?
The course is aimed at anyone following a career path that requires them to step into middle to top management positions in an internationally-focused business environment. Additionally, the course can provide a transition stage for graduates from other disciplines who wish to move into the management arena either as practitioners, researchers or consultants.

Subjects taught

Course Content
In the part-time schedule in both year 1 and year 2 of the programme, students are required to undertake two core modules per semester plus one elective in semester 2. In addition, in year 2 of the programme students are required to complete a ten-credit research methods module which runs across semester 1 and 2. The final element of the programme requires learners to undertake a research dissertation.

Core Modules
. Global Business
. Business Models, Strategy and Tactics
. Marketing in the Global Environment
. Leading, Managing and Planning in Organisations
. Corporate Governance, Business Ethics and CSR
. Economics for Management
. Contemporary Issues in Global Finance
. Research Methods
· Dissertation

Elective Modules
. Strategic Management of Human Capital
. Business Intelligence
. Sustainable Business Leadership
. Commercial Law
. Entrepreneurship
. Management in Postmodern Markets
. Doing Business on the Cloud
. Strategic Project Management

Availability of elective choices is subject to student numbers. The course content as shown above is for indicative purposes.

The college reserves the right to re-order the schedule of modules offered.

Note that all modules count towards the final award classification.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in either a cognate or non cognate area at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning non-graduates with extensive professional experience and other prior qualifications may also be considered for the course.

Laptop Requirement
All students applying to NCI must have access to a laptop that will allow them to attend classes online and, where relevant, to participate in on-campus learning. Some students may be able to avail of the Student Laptop Loan Scheme, subject to eligibility.

Application dates

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Part-time Option:

2 full calendar years: 5 semesters; 4 taught semesters and a final dissertation to be submitted in the final year.

Blended: Livestream with some Campus and/or Campus Stream classes scheduled in advance.

Part-time Schedule:
Indicative Schedule:
Monday and Wednesday 18.00 - 21.00 plus some Saturday workshops.

Full-time Option: Delivery On-campus face-to-face classes

September Starts
1 year taught plus a final dissertation: 2 semesters (Sep-Dec and Jan-May), dissertation due in August

January Starts
(where available and subject to numbers)1 year taught plus a final dissertation: 2 semesters (Jan-May and Sep-Dec), dissertation due in May the following year

Full-time Schedule:
Indicative Schedule:
Students need to be available 09.00 - 17.00 Monday - Friday. Full-time students may also be required to attend classes after 17.00 (class days and times vary).

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2023 and January 2024.

Post Course Info

Award and Progression
The MSc in International Business course is awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This award will allow transfer to level 9 research degrees and in some cases progression to taught doctoral courses at level 10 on the NFQ.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Daytime,Evening,Full time,Part time,Weekend

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