Institution / National College of Ireland

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.

Award and Progression
The MSc in International Business course is awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. 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.

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.


Part-time Schedule
Indicative Schedule Monday and Wednesday 18.00 - 21.00 and some Saturday workshops

Duration 2 full calendar years: 5 semesters; 4 taught semesters and a final dissertation to be submitted in late August of the final year

Full-time Schedule
Indicative Schedule Students need to be available 09.00-17.00 Mon – Fri. Full-time students may also be required to attend classes after 5pm. (Class days and times vary)

Duration 1 year; 2 semesters and a final dissertation

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

For Further Information Contact:
The Admissions Team
Telephone: 1850 221 721

Subjects taught

Candidates are required to undertake nine core modules including research methods and dissertation modules. Candidates may also choose one elective to undertake during this time from the elective choices listed below.

Year 1-2

. 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

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.


Location: IFSC Campus

Course fee

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

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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