International Business

The MSc in International Business is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to operate and build a career in the global market place. The programme is designed to stimulate the confidence to analyse, think critically, problem solve and provide leadership in a globalised, multicultural organisation. There is a strong emphasis on the development of key management skills around research, strategic planning and effective communication.

On completing this programme, you will be expected to be able to critically appraise the theory and practice of international business and demonstrate your expertise and competence in meeting the challenges and opportunities (professional and personal) of international business.

This Master’s attracts many international students and their presence and contribution, along with the learning approach adopted, enhances the student learning experience. A small number of places are available to students to complete Semester 2 at a leading French business school.

Subjects taught

This flexible and wide-ranging programme is available on a 1 year full-time basis or 2 year part-time (via classes held during the working day). The balance of options covers a broad scope of management and business topics, all vital to grasping the theory and practice of the global marketplace.

In the Autumn Trimester, students complete 3 core modules.

In the Spring Trimester, students complete 2 core modules plus 1 option module.

In the Summer Trimester, students complete 1 core module plus 1 of 3 pathways, choosing between an internship, consultancy project or 2 additional option modules.

Part of the international course experience includes an opportunity for selected students to spend Semester 2 in a leading French business school.

Autumn Trimester:
Core modules
International Business Management
Cross Cultural Management
Global Marketing

Spring Trimester:
Core modules
International Financial Management
Global Competitive Strategies

Plus 1 option module
Mindfulness & Resilience at Work
Creativity Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Leadership, Organisations & Me
Sustainable Production & Consumption

Summer Trimester:
Core module
International Business & Economic Development

Plus 1 pathway:
Pathway A
International Business Consultancy Project
Pathway B
Pathway C
Choose 2 option modules
Technology and Innovation Strategy
The Science of Teams
Creative Problem Solving
Leadership and Team Management
Innovation: Disruption & Design

Please be advised that the above reflects the 2023/2024 curriculum structure and is subject to change each year. Option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years and are also subject to change.

Entry requirements

Please review the entry requirements below. The UCD Smurfit Admissions Office staff have expertise in reviewing international qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application's comparability to the Irish entry requirement.

A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in Business, Commerce, Business Administration, International Economics (where a number of business modules were taken in that Economics degree) or a closely related area.
A primary degree with a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience.


12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.


Fees Full-Time EU:
€14,460 (academic year 2020/2021)

Full-Time Non-EU:
€19,900 (academic year 2020/2021)

Fees Part-Time EU:
€7,855 per year (academic year 2020/2021)

Part-Time Non-EU:
€9,950 per year (academic year 2020/2021)

Important Note: Tuition fees and other charges are subject to change each year. .

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: September 2024.

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Career Opportunities
The MSc in International Business from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School can help you establish your career on a global basis.

97% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. Source: Latest Graduate Outcomes Survey, published in December 2022.

Potential careers for our graduates include:
International Business Analyst
Account Manager
Tender Manager
Commercial Analyst
Sales Development
Small Business Account Manager
Business Development Manager

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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