International Business

The MSc in International Business has been specifically designed for those wishing to gain deeper knowledge of the international business environment as both employees or as owner/managers of businesses operating internationally. 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 which 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.

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.

Subjects taught

Candidates are required to undertake 9 core modules including research methods and dissertation modules. Candidates may also choose one elective to undertake during this time subject to student numbers.

Year 1-2
Core Modules
. Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)and the Global Business Environment
. Managing the Organisation
. Marketing in the Global Environment
. Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
. Research Methods
. Strategy for Decision-Making
. Economics for Management
. Contemporary Issues in Global Finance
. Dissertation

Elective Choices
. Services Marketing
. Marketing Management
. Strategic Management of Human Capital
. Employment Law
. Commercial Law
. Management of Innovation and Technology
. Global Value Chain Management (Operations Management)
. Doing Business in the Cloud
. Strategic Project Management
. Strategic ICT and eBusiness Implementation
. International field trip*

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.

The international field trip incurs an additional fee and is subject to student numbers. Visa restrictions may apply.


Part Time
2 full calendar years: 5 semesters; 4 taught semesters and a final dissertation to be submitted in late August of the final year.
Indicative Schedule
Monday and Wednesday 18.00 - 21.00 plus some Saturday workshops

This course runs over 1 year; 2 semesters and a final dissertation.

For students starting this course in January, classes run over 20 months.

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)

Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.


Fees €3,950 per annum (€7,900 total fee) (Fees revised annually)

Fees €7,900 total fee (Fees revised annually).

You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.

International Students' Fees
The fee for this course for international students is €15,000.

Find out more about studying here as an international student.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 14/09/2020

Post Course Info

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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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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