International Business

This postgraduate programme will appeal to prospective learners seeking either a full or part time Masters programme in international business. Applicants will normally be working in, or aspiring to, leadership roles in companies engaging, or considering engaging, in international business. The programme has been intentionally designed to accommodate applicants from business disciplines as well as from non-cognate disciplines, reflecting the requirements from industry for their workforce to have diverse knowledge, skills, experience and expertise that is strengthened with the addition of business acumen specific to the international business context.

This MA in International Business will equip graduates with the ability to remain competitive and employable in an ever-advancing sector. The programme consists of eight taught modules totalling 60 ECTS which are followed by a 30 ECTS supervised applied business project. Learners who decide to leave the programme, after completing the taught elements only, may be entitled to receive the embedded exit award of a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts in International Business.

Graduates will be qualified to assume leadership and management roles and/or progress to further studies. Subject areas are diverse and facilitate the acquisition of discipline specific knowledge, skill and competence along with the development of transversal skills.

The programme is an on-campus programme supported by the College's Moodle platform and digital tools. The programme is supported by the CCT Industry Network. Industry representatives will support the programme delivery, providing real-world and real-time business challenges and experiences, through guest lecturing, site / virtual visits, and providing real world case studies and business to support student assessment activities which includes individual and group assessment.

Students completing the Applied Research Project will research a business-initiated real-world problem. This is a group project and culminates in a peer presentation.

Subjects taught

This is an award stage programme comprising of a taught modules and a capstone project.

While the taught element of the programme is defined as a series of modules, the curriculum is closely integrated to facilitate learner's understanding of the interconnected nature of different business elements and disciplines. The taught modules are primarily assessed through continuous assessment which comprises of a combination of individual and group assessments. Some assessments are integrated to address the requirements of more than one module. There is one exam within the programme. This forms part of the assessment of the International Finance module. The capstone is assessed via a supervised research project.

Global Business Strategy – 10 ECTS
The Global Economy – 5 ECTS
Research Methods and Professionalism – 5 ECTS
Cross Cultural Management & Leadership – 10 ECTS
International Finance – 10 ECTS
Risk Management – 5 ECTS
Digital Marketing Strategy – 10 ECTS
Innovation Strategy and Technology – 5 ECTS
Capstone Module
Applied Business Project – 30 ECTS

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be working in, or aspiring to, leadership or executive roles in companies engaging, or considering engaging, in international business.

Applicants will require a high level of motivation and interest in the discipline, have a sound knowledge of business operations, along with the ability to think critically and logically. They will demonstrate effective analytical and evaluative skills to inform decision-making, generate ideas and provide reasoning for solutions, as well as interpret data to draw conclusions.

For admission to the programme applicants should evidence:

An NFQ level 8 major award in Business or cognate discipline, or

An NFQ level 8 major award in a non-cognate discipline with a minimum of 3 years employment experience in a business operations or leadership capacity or

An RPL application from non-graduates evidencing satisfaction of the level 8 award standards for business.

RPL applications will normally comprise of significant experience, typically not less than 5 years, in a business operations, leadership or management role and or professional qualifications of relevance. The application must include evidence of the ability to produce written summaries, discussions and projects on academic and or applied matters to a level 8 standard.

For applicants whose first language is not English, English language competency required for entry must be equal to or greater than B2+ in the CEFRL. English language credentials endorsed by other systems (viz. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, Cambridge, Duolingo etc.) will be assessed to ensure they meet this minimum standard.

Applications on the basis of experiential learning or informal / non-formal learning must evidence an applicant's potential to succeed through demonstration of ability to pursue the programme at the applicable NFQ level, in the discipline area concerned, and benefit from the programme of study in question. The ability to produce written summaries, discussions and projects on academic and applied matters will be important.

Evidence may be provided through:

Prior study and qualifications, including CPD, short courses and professional awards as well as NFQ awards

Work experience and achievements

Other experiential learning obtained through volunteering or non-employment experience

Successful completion of an entry assessment set by the College

A combination of the above


Full-time (day) or Part-time (evenings and weekend)

Post Course Info

On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be well placed to progress to further study, including level 10 doctoral studies, subject to the requirements of the institution to which they apply.

Research and government publications evidence employment opportunities for business graduates and for those with higher level qualifications. Potential employment opportunities for graduates of the Masters programme include a range of leadership and management positions in small, medium, large and multinational companies across a range of industry sectors.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Evening,Daytime,Weekend

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