International Business & Economic Development

Graduate benefits

Who is the programme for?

The MSc in International Business and Economic Development is designed for students aiming to pursue or enhance a career in international management or economic development at the national, regional or local level. By equipping students with a range of knowledge and skills in relation to the global business environment, management and economic development, graduates will be able to make a significant contribution to both the business world and policymaking.

Ideally, as an applicant you will have a good honours degree in a social sciences discipline plus three years management experience in a professional setting.

What will the programme give me?

The MSc in International Business and Economic Development will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of international business subjects (including global business environment, international strategic management and managing across cultures) and economic development issues. Electives will cover topics including developing competitive places, developing key sectors, skills and human resource development and partnership and collaborative working.

The programme is designed to meet the needs of students and their future employers, equipping them with the knowledge and understanding to contribute effectively to the specialist policy and practitioner community through their enhanced ability to effectively design, manage, implement and evaluate approaches to economic development across the public, private and third sectors.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from the MSc in International Business and Economic Development will have a good understanding of international business and economic development issues and will be able to:

  • Locate their skills and work experience in the wider economic context through their ability to describe and critically evaluate practical measures to develop regional and local economies.
  • Think and act more strategically through understanding and analysis of the key issues and tools concerned with the process of strategic decision making in economic development.
  • Analyse international business and economic development issues, underpinned by a sound understanding of research methodology.
  • Work both independently (demonstrating initiative and good time management skills) and willingly and effectively as part of a team.

These skills are in demand from the business community and economic development agencies across Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Recent graduates from our MSc programmes have been recruited by:

  • Scottish Government
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Wise Group
  • Glasgow Life
  • Halcrow
  • Stirling Council.

Meet the Programme Convener

Andrea Glass, Programme Convener, discusses the benefits of the programme.  

"A key part of the programme is learning from the real world through case studies, guest speakers and and practitioners."