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MA International Business (1 Year)

Transform your career with global applied knowledge

You’ll look at the increasing significance of the global/local market place, including traditional export/import operations, international expansion and e-commerce. You’ll understand international customers and their requirements, focusing on customer relationship management, customer service and cross-cultural management issues associated with diverse international business teams. And you’ll learn about International Business strategy development, including acquisitions, international partnerships, global supply chains and joint ventures.

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For hundreds of successful professionals

Our approach to International Business is interdisciplinary, covering key business principles such as strategy, operations and global supply chain management, retailing and services marketing, and leadership and professional development.

We focus on complex social and economic activities in the international context, looking at how to achieve stakeholder objectives.

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By the time you graduate, you’ll have developed:

  • Advanced knowledge of organisations, their management and the fast-changing international environment
  • Your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of international business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice
  • A wide array of professional skills that will enhance your employability, such as communication/presentation, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, analysis and decision-making
  • Lifelong learning skills that will enable you to work with self-direction and originality to contribute to business and society at large

Career Development and Employability

At Global Banking School we start assisting your opportunities from day one. You will be having one to one session with your career advisor to identify your strengths and weakness against the top roles you want to achieve after your degree.

Our greatest asset is our alumni network

We encourage students to participate in alumni networking events in different cities and find mentors who share the common visions with you.

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Semester 1:

  • Leadership and Professional Development – three days of scheduled teaching
  • International Business – 10 x 2.5 hours
  • Operations and Global Supply Chain Management – 10 x 2.5 hours

Semester 2:

  • International Marketing and Management – 10 x 2.5 hours
  • Corporate and International Strategy – 10 x 2.5 hours
  • Business Research – 10 x 2.5 hours


Research Project/Dissertation – Contact hours as agreed with supervisor


Innovation, Change & Enterprise; Human Resources Management; Project Management or Services Marketing.

Assessments at GBS

This GBS course will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. ‘Formative’ (informal) assessment will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment, which will determine your final marks.

Each module normally contains at least one piece of formative assessment from which you will receive feedback from your course team. Formative assessments are purely for developmental purposes. Formative assessment does not count towards your final marks. But informal formative assessment does help you to gain more knowledge and confidence in the module material and approaches to formal assessment. Students who do not engage with informal assessments often struggle with Foundation Year progression, as well as with the academic levels above.

The formal ‘summative’ assessment usually occurs (but not always) towards the end of each module. Assessment methods could include written examinations, a range of coursework, including reports, portfolios, essays and presentations. The grades from the summative (formal) assessments count towards your module mark. (For example, if there was one piece of summative coursework in a module, this would count overall for up to 100% of your module mark.) Assessment methods at GBS are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based upon feedback from an External Examiner. An External Examiner is an independent academic expert from an external Higher Education Institution that acts as a safeguard to academic assessment standards.

An honours degree (minimum 2.2) in any discipline.

If English is not your first language IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement.

The process

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You can apply for help with your fees from the government by visiting This could take the form of a Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan or Maintenance Grant.

A Tuition Fee Loan will cover the cost of your up-front fees, and will be paid to your university or College. The Loan must be repaid once you finished your course and are earning £26,575 a year or more. Both full and part-time learners can apply.

If you are eligible, you can apply for a Maintenance Loan too. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. This loan has to be repaid after you leave your course and when your earnings are more than £26,575. For more information please visit

Maintenance Grants are paid into your bank account at the start of term. You don’t have to pay it back, but any funds you get will reduce the amount of Maintenance Loan you are eligible for.

New students must prove they have been living in the UK for five years before their course start date in order to get living cost support from Student Finance England.

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Key Facts

Intakes : September / January

Duration : 1 Year Full Time

Location: London, Manchester

Delivery: Weekdays or weekends or evenings