Masters | Postgraduate Course - Development and International Business MSc Course Details within Queen Mary University of London

School of Geography
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School of Geography
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Development and International Business MSc

Study Details

MSc 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time

In recent years interest in the relationship between international business and (especially international) development has increased. This new degree offers a framework for exploring the changing relationship between states and markets, politics of development, foreign direct investment, international institutions of global political-economic governance, global working lives, economic restructuring, migrant labour, multinational companies, work, geo-politics, industrialization and development. 

This programme:

  • will help you to develop advanced and critical understandings of the development of international business from various intellectual perspectives. From neo-liberal and mainstream business studies approaches, through to more critical approaches which engage with questions of power and resistance
  • will give you an advanced theoretical grounding in the core aspects, and history and politics of, business and its growing internationalisation
  • will equip you with the skills to conduct rigorous empirical analysis and enquiry
  • offers distinctive opportunities to conduct independent field-based research in diverse locations
  • will prepare you for a broad range of careers but will specifically deliver the research skills and substantive knowledge required by NGOs, development organisations and national government departments.

Module details

Core module:

  • Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)

Compulsory modules:

  • Re-theorising Development Futures (30 credits) 
  • Research Design and Methods (15 credits) 
  • World Economy and Development (15 credits) 

Option modules: 

  • Democracy, Rights and Citizenship (15 credits)
  • Economics of Development (15 credits)
  • Global Governance and International Organisations (15 credits) 
  • Global Supply Chain Management (15 credits) 
  • Global Working Lives (15 credits) 
  • Migration and Mobilities (15 credits)
  • Multinationals and Global Business (15 credits) 
  • New Product Development & Business Ecosystems (15 credits) 
  • Organisational Behaviour (15 credits) 
  • Social and Political Marketing (15 credits) 

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification), together with two supportive references, at least one of which must be academic. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 7.0.

Programme Funding

Walter Oldershaw Award: eight awards (£3,000 each) are available across all masters degrees offered by the School of Geography

Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award: all graduates of QMUL are awarded a £1,000 bursary

Postgraduate Loans Scheme: eligible students are able to borrow loans up to £10,000

Student Destinations

Employability: Students completing this programme will be well-placed to enter governmental, non-governmental organisations, civil society, and academic research roles.