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International Business with Advanced Practice

Do you have ambitions to work across international cultures and boundaries? Are you looking to develop a global mindset and the tools necessary to interact with international customers, suppliers and partners? Learn how to cope with the uncertainties and risks of doing business in a continually changing global market on this MSC International Business course.

Get the knowledge and skills to compete in the rapidly developing global business environment. As worldwide economies continually evolve and businesses around the world become better connected, the importance of international business is greater than ever.

A highly relevant and industry focused degree, the advanced practice element of the course will allow you to apply your new knowledge and skills to a real-life working environment.

Taught at our Magee campus, in the heart of Northern Ireland's second city, Derry~Londonderry, you can choose to study full or part-time. Attracting a large international student base each year you will have the invaluable opportunity to share experiences with others from varied cultural, economic and employment backgrounds.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

(a) have gained

(i) a second class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body or from an institution or another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard, or

an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification;


(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent); the minimum English language requirements for non-native English speakers, are IELTS 6.0 (with no contributing band at less than 5.5).

or, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b):

(c) in exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme provided that :

they shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level. If students are exiting with the PgDip or PgCert, they need to have registered as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final 50% of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

Exemption is not permitted from the International Management or International Business Environment modules, as these are core modules within the programme. Nor will the Dissertation module be exempted, due to the need to complete at least 50% of the credit value at the MSc level.



All modules are delivered 'executive style' in a flexible three-day block format and completed across two academic years.

Full-time participants can also exit with a PgCert after successful completion of one semester (four modules) or alternatively exit with a PgDip after successful completion of two semesters (eight modules).

Careers or further progression

Career options

Student and employer needs are reflected in the development of this programme and evidenced in the career destinations and further development of our graduates. The nature of the provision is such that it equips individuals for employment in a wide range of international roles within the public and private sectors and a significant number of graduates are successful in gaining promotion in their chosen fields or alter their career paths following completion of their programme of study.

A sample of graduate employers includes:

Marriott Hotel Group


KPMG (Germany)



Smile Communications

The European Space Agency

Ni civil Service

O Neills International Sports Ltd

First Derivatives Plc

A number of graduates from these programmes have also undertaken their doctoral studies, both within Ulster University and beyond.

Further enquiries



Margaret Mellon

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5092


Dr Damian Gallagher

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5023


Subjects taught

The course is structures as follows:


Semester 1

BMG705 Global Business in Context (15 credits*)

MKT860 International Marketing (15*)

BMG704 International Finance (15*)

BMG814 The Digital landscape (15*)

Semester 2

BMG935 International HRM (15*)

BMG827 Applied Research Skills (15*)

BMG936 International Entrepreneurship (15*)

BMG815 Global Strategy (15*)


Semester 1

BMG861 Internship & Professional Development Project (60 credits)


BMG862 Applied Consulting Project (60 credits)

Semester 2

BMG847 Dissertation (60 credits)


BMG858 Applied Research Project (60 credits)

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 11 March 2020

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