International Management - International Business

This course offers the perfect match for students with an international background and profile who are seeking to build a business career in today's increasingly globalised market place.

The MSc in International Business is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to operate in the global market place. On completing this course, 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 programme 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.

What will I learn?
The curriculum has been carefully devised in order to develop vital critical skills in students, enabling them to understand and appraise international business from a theoretical and practical perspective, and also tackle business challenges in their future career.

1. Essential insight into the main challenges faced by a globalised business, including the actual workings and resources of such organisations, and the ability to demonstrate orally and in writing an understanding of the global market.

2. The necessary personal and professional skills in order to prepare, coordinate and implement business procedures in an autonomous fashion.

3. The ability to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the course via research activity into the international business field.

How will I benefit?
The rich course content and structure provides students with a key opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills that will kick-start their international business career.

1. The highly international blend of students enrolled on the course makes for an exceptional international learning opportunity, fully tailored to the global market that awaits students upon graduation.

2. A chance to build a strong peer network during the course, which can subsequently be leveraged when graduates embark upon their international career trajectory.

3. Significant recruitment possibilities, both in Ireland and abroad. Graduates of the course are highly desired by such companies as Bank of America, BP Group, Deloitte and Hewlett Packard.

Vision/Values Statement
The MSc in International Business provides students with an essential insight into the main challenges faced by a globalised business, including the actual workings and resources of such organisations. During the programme, students will develop a strong ability to demonstrate, orally and in writing, an understanding of the global market and also the ability to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the course via research activity into the international business field (Purpose).

We value notions of inclusion, respect, and collaboration in the learning process (education and subject/discipline/professional values).

MSc International programme attracts students from various educational and cultural backgrounds who want to follow international careers and provides a truly international learning environment in which students are expected to work, study, and share experiences in multinational teams (the nature of the learning environment for students).

The curriculum has been carefully devised in order to develop vital critical skills in students, enabling them to understand and appraise international business from a theoretical and practical perspective, and also tackle business challenges in their future career. The programme aims to be a recognized leader in our field in terms of reputation, contributions to knowledge, and inclusion of evidence based approach into teaching. Students will experience a combination of lectures, seminars, and workshop sessions. Students will work as individuals, and also as part of a team on case study analysis, presentations, and research papers and essays (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

Programme Outcomes
On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

Programme Goal 1:
Informed thinkers

Programme Learning Outcomes:
Critically assess the most important topics in international business including international management, global strategy, and international corporate finance.

Explore real-world issues and tackle current international business challenges and interact with companies giving you the opportunity to test, extend, and refine your knowledge and skills.

Programme Goal 2:
Critical and analytical judgement

Programme Learning Outcomes:
Undertake and present research papers and essays demonstrating your ability to put theory into practice in written and oral forms.

Utilize appropriate online data bases to conduct research on international business environment issues and trends.
Critical and analytical judgement

Programme Goal 3:
Agility and a development mind-set

Programme Learning Outcomes:
Appreciate diverse points of view and others thinking and learn from others through active engagement in project teams.

Demonstrate an understanding of how multinational companies, governments and financial markets interact.

Programme Goal 4:
Ambition for action and contribution

Programme Learning Outcomes:
Employ appropriate negotiation and judgmental skills such as critical thinking and problem solving when working in culturally diverse teams.

Demonstrate an ability to impress future employers with your ability to develop plan strategies and organizational structures that are appropriate for organizations operating in the global market place.

Subjects taught

Available on a one-year full-time basis or two-year part-time (via classes held during the working day), the flexible, wide-ranging curriculum comprises a blend of four core modules plus two option modules (out of a total choice of 10+). 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. The summer term offers students the choice between a dissertation or three further modules.

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

Autumn Trimester:
International Business Management
Cross Cultural Management
Global Marketing

Spring Trimester:
International Financial Management
Global Competitive Strategies

+ 1 option module
Economics of Entrepreneurship
Project Management MScBus
Mindfulness & Resilience at Work
Creativity Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The Human Side of Innovation

Summer Trimester:
International Business Dissertation
International Business Consultancy Project
choose 2 option modules
Reputation and Disrepute
Managing Workplace Learning
The Science of Teams
Creative Problem Solving
Technology and Innovation Strategy
Leadership and Team Management
Innovation: Disruption & Design

Please be advised that option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.

Note that on-campus teaching is delivered under prevailing public health guidelines. In the event of a required change to planned delivery, further information about alternative delivery methods (including online delivery) will be confirmed with prospective and incoming students.

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.

Application dates

Step 1: Collating Documentation
The first step is to collate the required documentation needed to assess your application. Please ensure that you have clearly scanned, titled and collated your documents in numerical order.

These can include but are not limited to:

Step 2: The Application Process
Once you have collated the required documentation and reviewed the entry requirements for your programme of interest, you can now apply online.

You must apply online using our dedicated student information portal. You will be required to enter contact details, upload your documents and answer two essay questions (each approximately 300 words). We would ask that you seriously consider both essays and answer these in the context of the programme you are applying to. Try to not replicate your CV and demonstrate what makes you different from other applicants. There are no right or wrong ways to complete these essays.

Application Deadlines:
Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled. We advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note certain scholarships may require you to apply before a certain date – please refer to our scholarship page here. If you have any questions in relation to deadlines or availability please email

You will then be asked to submit your application and pay the €50 application fee. No application can be assessed until the fee has been paid. You can apply for multiple programmes with the one application fee, but please be sure to mark your preferred course.

Once submitted, it usually takes 2-3 weeks before a decision is made on fully completed applications. This time period can sometimes be longer and can vary at different times in the year and in different regions. We may offer you a conditional place based on the completion of a number of criteria, such as degree, English test, or another qualification. This reserves you a place on the course and once you have fulfilled this criteria we will issue you a full offer.

Acceptance is completed by paying a non-refundable deposit (varies from either €500 or €1000 depending on the programme. Most of our programmes require a €500 deposit). Your offer email will detail the exact deposit amount required. Once you have accepted you will then be supported by the Programme Office who will contact you with further course and start details.


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

Starting: September 2020

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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.

82% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: Latest Graduate Outcomes Survey, published in November 2021)

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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