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Master of Science in International Business

Strengthen your management skills and your international career. With a Master of Science in International Business, you develop and update current skills in order to handle your company’s management and international challenges, bringing it into the future.  

The MSc is an international education offered in cooperation with Coventry University in the UK.


  • Study start: 12. September 2022 Application deadline: 30 June 2022 (Non-EU applicants) 15 August 2022 (DK/EU applicants)
  • Admission requirements: Bachelor degree incl. English.
  • Duration: 12 month full-time, 180 CATS
  • Tuition: DKK 96,000
What you learn

The programme provides students with the opportunity to develop a strategic outlook in a global context and to hone business skills developed in their earlier academic studies. This has the major objective of preparing students for a successful international career in management, in either the public or private sector.

Successful business managers have the ability to think strategically, to communicate effectively and to implement complex business projects, from new product development, to mergers and acquisitions. The emphasis on building management skills is illustrated in several of the core modules. The MSc International Business will help students to develop an analytic and conceptual perspective in key functional areas and the ability to apply critical skills to the functions and processes that drive business and organisations today.

The programme introduces students to globalization through focus on growth of international business and inter-cultural perspectives. The programme emphasises the development and implementation of appropriate strategies within a changing environment, strategic risk management and issues of compliance.

In addition to subject knowledge, emphasis is also placed on communication skills in a variety of forms including written form and presentations (individual and group). Communication is vital in any business context but the international dimension makes communication even more important and complex. When taking into account organisational and national culture, together with different time zones and the geographical spread of teams, communication can be difficult. These issues are addressed throughout the course with students working in multi- cultural groups to simulate working.

The dissertation module provides a context for learning advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods, collating sources of information, and writing a substantial individual piece of work, which demonstrates the student’s ability to relate academic knowledge to organisational practice.

The programme develops students’ strategic thinking, effective communication and research skills, all directly relevant to employers and such skills are designed to be of great value when seeking future employment.

Structure of the programme

It is a 12 month full-time master’s programme, consisting of compulsory subjects and a final dissertation.

Semester 1:

  • Global Supply Chain and Logistics 15 CATS
  • Marketing in an International Perspective 15 CATS
  • Accounting for Business 15 CATS
  • Global Business in Emerging Regions 15 CATS

Semester 2:

  • International Leadership and Management 15 CATS
  • Global Markets and Entry Strategies 15 CATS
  • International Trade Management 15 CATS
  • International Human Resource Management 15 CATS

Dissertation Stage:

  • The Postgraduate Research Project 60 CATS

Total degree credits - 180 CATS

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

Find the lists of literature here 

Download Programme Specification (PDF)

Download PG Student Handbook (PDF)

Why Coventry?

Top 5 reasons to study with Coventry University.

1) Ranked No.15 UK University - Guardian University Guide 2020

2) Top 15 UK university 5 years running - Guardian University Guide 2016-2020

3) 5 QS Stars Rated for Excellence - QS Stars University Ratings 2020

4) Top 30 in the World for International Students - QS World University Rankings 2021

5) University of the Year for Student Experience 2019 - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Career opportunities

Once graduated, you can get employment at management and mid-management levels in international companies, or you can secure assignments and functions within marketing management and human resource management.  You can also pursue an academic research degree such as a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) or Ph.d.

  • Jens Jørgen Nielsen
    Jens Jørgen Nielsen
    Senior Lecturer
  • Kalpana Shrivastava
    Kalpana Shrivastava
  • Klaus Münter Rasmussen
    Klaus Münter Rasmussen
  • Mahdokht Sedaghat
    Mahdokht Sedaghat
  • Peter Waring Lei
    Peter Waring Lei
    Programme Manager
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Admission requirements

You must normally have successfully completed a degree in a relevant subject area at undergraduate level (bachelor or equivalent).

English Language

Students from Denmark must have passed English at a level equivalent to a Danish Upper Secondary education B-level. The English B-level is represented by 210 hours, carried out during the last three years of upper-secondary school (equivalent to the Danish B-level of a Danish upper-secondary examination).

Applicants from EU countries must present one of the following valid recognised international English tests, with a result equivalent to or better than:

  • IELTS Academic: overall score 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL Internet-based: 83
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): grade A, B or C (min score 176)
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): pass
  • Cambridge English First (FCE): grade A or B (min score 176)
  • Oxford Online Placement Test: CEF B2, minimum 75 in each section (offered by IBA or an approved IBA representative abroad). Test result must be no more than 1 year old at the date of application.
  • International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme): English B HL passed, English B SL (minimum grade 5)
  • PTE Academic: 58 (authorized test only)

For non-EU applicants we only accept IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Cambridge tests.

IMPORTANT NOTICE for non-EU applicants! If you are not able to take an IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Cambridge tests because of COVID-19 (you must provide proof that your booked test was postponed or cancelled), you can take an Oxford Online Placement Test under our full supervision. More information about the test will be provided upon personal contact. If you wish to use this opportunity, please contact us via

For the duration of the COVID-19 lockdowns, IBA will also accept IELTS Indicator, if taken via a recognised IELTS test centre. The same scores apply as for the regular IELTS.

Exempted from the requirement of the English test are:

  • Applicants holding Nordic entrance exams (Norway, Sweden, Finland or Iceland). The documentation for these applicants will be assessed according to the standard requirements for Danish applicants.
  • Native English speakers and applicants with a qualifying examination with on-campus tuition in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, or Ireland. The applicant must provide documentation that the programme was taught in English.

Please note that applicants with a qualifying examination from any country other than the above-mentioned (including any African and Asian countries where the language of instruction is English), must submit IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge test.

  • Applicants holding an English-taught AP or BA degree from the Danish education institution. The applicant must provide documentation that the programme was taught in English.
How to apply

When applying for this programme, you need to fill in the application form here. Please note that this programme only has a summer intake. 

Study start is September 12, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding admission and your application, please contact International Admission Office through

Application fee

All non-EU citizens without a valid Danish permanent residence permit must pay an application fee of 750 DKK.

IBA must receive the application fee before the application deadline; otherwise your application will not be considered.

The application fee will not be deducted in any form; it is not a guarantee of admission, and it is not refundable if the student is not admitted, or if they cancel the application during the process.

Exempted from paying the application fee:

  • Non-EU students who have completed one of IBA’s study programmes and are applying for another
  • Non-EU students with a valid Danish permanent residence permit
  • Applicants with refugee status, who are living in Denmark and who have a permanent residence permit issued in Denmark.

The application fee for the Autumn intake must be paid online HERE.

Please send the payment receipt along with your signature page/application to

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for the Master of Science programme is DKK 96,000, if you pay the total amount up front. If you wish to pay annually, you can do so. Then the first year costs DKK 75,000 and the second DKK 35,000.

The fees include all teaching and exams, learning support and administrative costs. Books are not included. MSc students admitted to the study programme are required to purchase the recommended book package before or upon arrival to IBA. 


  • Peter Waring Lei
    Peter Waring Lei
    Programme Manager
  • Franziska Feigl
    Franziska Feigl
    Programme Administrator
  • Alla Rozova
    Alla Rozova
    International Coordinator – Recruitment, Admission (international students) and Case Team