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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 at 12:00 CET for Non-EU applicants // 15 August 2022 at 12:00 CET for DK/EU/EEA/Swiss applicants
  • Admission requirements: Bachelor’s degree in business subjects, incl. English proficiency level equivalent to min. IELTS 6.5
  • Duration: 12 months, 180 CATS (NQF/EQF Level 7)
  • Tuition: All students regardless their citizenship – from DKK 96,000

Mode of study
Full-time, on campus

Language of instruction

Avanika Trikambhai Kotak
- It was the teachers, yes, but also the course administrator and course director… everyone has gone out of their way to help me - from finding an internship position, to helping me with my current job. I’ve been really happy with the whole IBA environment.
Avanika Trikambhai Kotak
MSc graduate
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What you learn

The course 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 course introduces students to globalization through focus on growth of international business and inter-cultural perspectives. The course 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 course 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 course

It is a 12 month full-time master’s course, 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?

Coventry University is a global, modern university with a mission of Creating Better Futures. Founded by entrepreneurs and industrialists in 1843 as the Coventry School of Design the university continues to have strong links with the public and private sector, providing job-ready graduates with the skills and creative thinking to improve their communities. Coventry University's students are part of a global network that has 50,000 learners studying Coventry University degrees in more than 40 different countries worldwide. In recent years the university has won many awards and vastly improved their rankings in the league tables that matter to students.

Top 7 reasons to study with Coventry University

Shortlisted for University of the Year - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Ranked 38th in UK by the Guardian - Guardian University Guide 2022

Ranked 51st in UK by the Times - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

No.3 in UK for students overseas - Based on in-person delivery of TNE Programmes with an overseas institution, HESA data 2020/21

Top 100 in World for ‘international outlook - THE World University Rankings 2022

5 QS Stars Overall Rating - QS Stars University Ratings

70% of Coventry University’s Research was classed as world-leading or internationally excellent - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

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
    Course Director
Sharmila Tamang
- I feel very grateful to Denmark, where I have gained an education and a great many experiences.
Sharmila Tamang
Has achieved a Master of Science in International Business
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Application Procedure and Admission Requirements

Admission requirements
  • You must normally have successfully completed a degree in a relevant subject area (Business-related) at undergraduate level (Bachelor or equivalent).
  • English language proficiency level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or higher.

Applicants must submit a valid, recognised international English proficiency test.

Read about our English requirements, accepted certificates and exemptions.

  • All applicants eligible for admission to the course will have to complete an online admission interview. If the applicant does not show up for the interview, the application will not be considered further.
  • Relevant professional experience will be considered in evaluation of applications.

Non-standard applications may be considered for entry to the course and will be at the discretion of the Course Manager

Application procedure

You can apply for the MSc in International Business only for summer intake.

All applications must be made through the online application form here*. 

*Please note that we will not accept applications or any documentation containing personal information via e-mail.

All applicants are required to pay an application fee before their application can be processed by IBA. Read more about the application fee.

All required documentation must be attached to your application in the system by the given deadline:

  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss applicants must apply no later than 30 June 2022, 12:00 CET
  • EU/EEA/Swiss applicants must apply no later than 15 August 2022, 12:00 CET

Study start is 12 September 2022.

If you have questions in connection with admission, you can contact our International Admission Office via email, at


Necessary documentation – application checklist

You must attach documentation to support the information mentioned in your application. All relevant documentation must be attached to your application in the system by the above-stated application deadline.

Mandatory documentation:

  • Upper Secondary School Diploma and Transcripts of records (Copy of original and translation)
  • Bachelor’s Degree and Transcripts of records (Copy of original and translation)

If you have not finished your degree at the time of application, you must provide detailed Transcripts of records, mentioning the expected date of graduation.

Optional documentation:

If you want to make your application more competitive and be assessed on additional qualifications, you can provide the following documentation:

  • Other relevant educational activity (higher education, relevant supplementary training/courses)
  • Relevant work experience, incl. internships and compulsory military service (max. 12 months)
  • Voluntary unpaid work
  • Other activities, such as stays abroad.
Financial matters

Tuition fee

All applicants regardless of their citizenship must pay tuition fee for the course.

Tuition fee for the MSc course is:

  • The total tuition fee is DKK 110,000 for the whole course – you can pay it in 2 instalments. The first instalment is DKK 75,000 and the second - DKK 35,000.
  • However, if you wish to pay the total amount upfront, you will get a discount. Your total tuition fee will then be DKK 96,000 for the whole programme.

The fee includes all teaching and exams, learning support and administrative costs. The tuition fee does not include the cost of a visa, books, accommodation, food, international travel, or local transportation. MSc students admitted to the study course are required to purchase the recommended book package before or upon arrival at IBA.


We do not offer scholarships for this course.

The course is not entitled to the Danish State Education Support (SU). Read more at

Residence permit as a student and EU residence

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, you normally need to apply for a Residence Permit to attend the full-time studies, prior your arrival in Denmark. Read more about residence and work permit as a student.

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, you do not need to apply for a residence permit, but must instead apply for an EU residence document after your arrival in Denmark. Read more about EU residence here.


  • Peter Waring Lei
    Peter Waring Lei
    Course Director
  • Franziska Feigl
    Franziska Feigl
    Course Administrator
  • Anna Barseghyan
    Anna Barseghyan
    International Coordinator, Recruitment & Admission
  • Mathew Haworth Severance
    Mathew Haworth Severance
    International Coordinator, Recruitment & Admission
  • IBA International Admission Office
    IBA International Admission Office
    Recruitment and admission