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MSc International Business and Strategy: Global Challenges

MSc International Business and Strategy: Global Challenges

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MSc - Master of Science

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Policy / Strategic Planning International Business Studies

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Programme overview

This master’s programme is rooted in two academic domains, International Business and Strategy. It will suit graduates from any discipline who wish to specialise and critically engage in these subjects. Students will learn to unpack world challenges in new ways, creating understanding of the complexities of internationalisation, current strategic thinking and sustainability challenges in business and society.

The programme will equip students with a competitive advantage in the graduate jobs market by giving them the tools to deal with the new ‘mega-forces’ of globalisation driven by technological advancement, climate change, global health crises and geopolitical events.

This MSc draws on cutting edge research by leading academics who will guide students to explore the Global Challenges facing international businesses and society, such as global warming, increasing migration flows, food insecurity, poverty, and greater competition for increasingly scarce resources. Students will gain the contextual, historical, and political perspectives by experts in these areas to enable them to think critically and solve problems practically in the workplace.

Sustainability is a priority for Bristol, which was the first UK city to attain European Green Capital status in 2015. The University of Bristol was the first in the UK to declare a Climate Emergency and has sustainability at the core of its strategy.


Graduates from this programme can pursue an exciting range of career opportunities in international business, strategy, and sustainability.

The programme will teach students to respond to a fast paced and ever-changing business environment, supporting their ambitions to attain strategic positions in business development, strategic management, consultancy, international business development, and sustainability at a senior level.

This programme will give students an understanding of the complexities of international business operations to prepare them for a variety of roles in government, policy design, multinational corporations in all sectors, NGOs and fast growing ‘go global’ businesses that are seeking to rapidly internationalise.


This unit will introduce relevant key concepts from International Strategy and Strategic Management. It will address the key question of what is international or global about strategic decisions and focus on the specific management issues that come with global organisations in terms of institutional distance. Strategic approaches focused on emerging economies and by emerging economy multinational companies (MNCs) will be discussed in conjunction with the history of international business and its role in the colonial integration of the world economy in the 19thand 20thcenturies. The unit will critically assess the theory and research in contemporary Strategic Management and International Business in terms of contemporary organisational strategies and structures in the world economy.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent).