Master's of Science
The MSc in International Business and Politics is a new taught postgraduate programme delivered jointly by the School of Business and Management in partnership with the School of Politics and International Relations. The joint study of business and politics is unique, and this distinctive inter-disciplinary programme presents a rare opportunity to move between two areas of social sciences. The school of Politics and International Relations was rated among the top 20 politics departments in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
On this course you will explore issues such as the global financial crisis, the 'decline' of the West and the rise of China and the East, tax evasion and tax havens, corporate power, global social justice, social responsibility and fair trade.
This programme is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career with multinational firms; NGOs; government departments and international agencies; think tanks and in fields such as journalism, teaching and research.
You will develop an advanced understanding of the world in which you live and how it is governed. You will examine the changing relationship between states and markets, international institutions of global political-economic governance, transnational companies, work, geopolitics, industrialisation and development. With an emphasis on the contemporary world economy, the programme is driven by case studies highlighting issues such as trade regulation, the relationship between IMF and the World Bank, manufacturing in China, the global food economy and theories of multinational firms.
Compulsory modules: Political Economy: Theory and History The Politics of International Business
Optional modules: Corporate Governance Global Governance and International Organisations Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development Globalisation and International Relations Knowledge and Innovation Management Innovation and Global Competition International Security Multinationals and Global Business Organisational Theory Policy Analysis for the Developing World Public Advocacy Marketing Sovereignty and Intervention in International Politics The Americas in Comparative Perspective II: Modern Politics and Society The Global Economy Theories of International Relations Themes and Cases in US Foreign Policy
Teaching and assessment
Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. You can expect 2-3 hours of contact time per module, per week.
A wide range of assessment techniques are used including coursework (written essays, case studies, interviews, group reports etc), presentations, examinations and a dissertation.
Entry requirements A good upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject. Professional experience and expertise will also be taken into consideration. IELTS 7.5 or equivalent is required. For further information about our English language requirements, please see our website.