International Business

This programme will give you in-depth knowledge of international business and allow you to experience what it is like to work in a multinational organisation. Students in this programme develop the capacity for high-level analysis of firm internationalisation, international trade, investment, strategy and management, and gain an appreciation of the multinational firm, its environment and the activities of the international manager. You will gain exposure to different functional areas of the international business and experience real challenges first-hand.

Course Structure
This is an intensive and fast-paced programme over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, in which knowledge areas define the module foci and progression, and skill areas are overlaid across the programme. Modules are delivered over two semesters (September-May) with the Business Research Project/Placement conducted between May and August. Classes take place in blocks of two full days every two weeks, followed by less structured supervision contact over the third (summer) semester. Part-time students attend their sessions over two years, completing the Business Research Project in the second year.

Entry requirements

You must hold a Business, Management or Marketing degree, or a Business related (level 8) degree, having achieved a minimum of a 2.2 honours (or equivalent) overall. Alternatively, you may hold a non-Business degree (minimum 2.2 overall) with at least five years' relevant work experience. Exceptionally, consideration will be given to candidates who do not hold a primary degree, but who do have at least 10 years of relevant work experience, at least three of which are in a management position. International applicants are expected to have the equivalent of an honours degree from an Irish university and meet English language requirements.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850.


MH90D: 1 year Full-time
MH91D: 2 years Part-time


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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Manufacturing or service firms with international activities, export and trade agencies, government institutions, NGOs, international organisations, joint ventures, foreign subsidiaries, travel and tourism, consulting, research, and more.

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