City scape

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

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

In 2016, 85% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: First Destination Report 2016)

Potential careers for our graduates include:

•International Business Analyst
•Account Manager
•Tender Manager
•Commercial Analyst
•Sales Development
•Small Business Account Manager
•Business Development Manager

Further enquiries

Contact details
+353 1 716 8934

Application date

Step 1: Collating Documentation

The first step is to collate the required documentation needed to assess your application*.

These can include but are not limited to:

English Language Test
Additional Documentation

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.

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 (€500 - €1000). Once you have accepted you will then be handled by the programme office who will contact you with further course and start details.

If English is not your first language, an english language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes. the exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through english, in an english speaking country.

Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Please check the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website to see if you require a visa.

The Smurfit Admissions Department comprises a dedicated team who are available to answer any questions you might have in relation to the wide range of Business Masters programmes. If you would like to find out more about our programmes or the application process, then please don't hesitate to contact us.

Course fee

Fees Full-Time EU: €13,615 (academic year 2018/2019)
Full-Time Non-EU: €18,700 (academic year 2018/2019)
Fees Part-Time EU: €7,395 per year (academic year 2018/2019) Part-Time Non-EU: €9,350 per year (academic year 2018/2019)

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

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: September 2018

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!