MSc International Business, Trade and Diplomacy

At this point in time, the international environment in which companies and governments have to operate is changing dramatically. As a result of the 2008 international financial crisis, diplomatic missions and governments today are focussing on activities to promote business, trade and attract foreign direct investment.

The MSc International Business, Trade and Diplomacy will provide essential knowledge about the transformations that are taking place in the economic, financial and monetary world. With a focus on understanding the trend of global sourcing as an enabler to increasing internationalisation of companies and factors leading to their choices for foreign locations, as well as their mode of entry into certain locations. Lectures will elaborate on the interaction between government and the business community in such areas as unemployment issues and responsibility in the value chain and will include an examination of the impact of increasing global sourcing activities on the relationship between developed and developing nations.

The programme is designed for graduates of any discipline who want to pursue a career in international diplomacy and gain specialist knowledge of international business and trade. The programme draws on GCU London’s respected track record of providing applied, professional education.

Study Options

  • 2019/20

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MSc
Full Time
1 Year
20 Jan 2020
GCU London
MSc
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
20 Jan 2020
GCU London
MSc
Full Time
1 Year
11 May 2020
GCU London
MSc
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
11 May 2020
GCU London
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MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 20 Jan 2020 GCU London Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 1 Year 11 May 2020 GCU London Enquire Apply
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Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Duration

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MSc
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
18 Jan 2021
GCU London
MSc
Full Time
1 Year
17 May 2021
GCU London
MSc
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
17 May 2021
GCU London
MSc
Full Time
1 Year
14 Sep 2020
GCU London
MSc
Part Time
2 - 3 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU London
MSc
Full Time
1 Year
18 Jan 2021
GCU London
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MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 18 Jan 2021 GCU London Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 1 Year 17 May 2021 GCU London Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 17 May 2021 GCU London Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 1 Year 14 Sep 2020 GCU London Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 - 3 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU London Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 1 Year 18 Jan 2021 GCU London Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent).

English language

Academic IELTS score 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

International students who do not meet the academic requirements may be eligible for the Pre-Masters programme at INTO Glasgow at our Glasgow campus. Successful completion of this INTO course with the required grades means guaranteed conditional offer of a place on the degree programme at GCU London.

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our London campus.

Study the MSc International Business, Trade and Diplomacy and develop expert insight into the transformations that are taking place in the global economy right now. You will explore latest trends in international trade and the joint efforts on behalf of business and government to eradicate key issues impacting the relationship between developed and developing nations.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Diplomacy, practice, procedures and dynamics I

Introductory module into the sphere of diplomacy. Students will explore the evolution of the international system and the relevance of diplomats and diplomatic services for the 21st Century agenda. Students will also understand the essentials of modern diplomatic needs and practice, and the skills and knowledge required for the formation of the international diplomat.

Diplomacy, practice, procedures and dynamics II

Building on the Diplomacy: practice, procedures and dynamics I module, diplomacy: practice, procedures and dynamics II deepens the conceptual understanding of international diplomacy. Themes explored will be linked to and reflect Diplomacy: practice, procedures and dynamics I content, however the focus shifts away from understanding its contexts and applied practical diplomatic skills towards frameworks and conceptual models as well as organisational roles and dynamics rather than individual responses and interactions.

Cross-cultural communication: projection and perception

Developing an understanding of cross cultural communications and related constructs and theories, students will critically appraise appropriate perspectives and mechanisms in evaluating misunderstanding, tension, or conflict arising from misperception or misrepresentation by the contending parties or the cultures they represent.

Digital nation state: strategies and implementation

Introduction to the emerging concept of the digital state and open government and developing a critical awareness of its potential, structures and dynamics, as well as its expanding role in international politics, economics and diplomacy together with the challenges faced, the changes it is brings to society and the relationship between state and citizen and between nations.

International business and trade

The international environment in which companies and governments have to operate is changing dramatically. As a result, this module will provide essential knowledge about the transformations that are happening in the economic, financial and monetary world. As well, it will distinguish structural developments from cyclical developments. In the second part of the module, the focus will be on understanding the trend of global sourcing as an enabler to increasing internationalisation of companies and their choice for foreign locations and their mode of entry. The module will also deal with the impact of increasing global sourcing activities on the relationship between developed and developing nations.

Introduction to research methods

An introduction to a range of research approaches to critical inquiry, relevant to students field of study. The module will introduce students to knowledge and skills on how to: formulate research questions, plan a research project, collect data, analyse data and write a research report. Students will learn how to compare and contrast different research paradigms, to enable them to choose appropriate methodologies and methods in order to address a particular research question. They will also consider related practical, ethical and philosophical issues when developing and conducting research.

Research project

The final element of the programme is the Research Project, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a relevant area of diplomacy which could become the starting point of your career in international diplomacy.

Option modules

Two modules from the following list will run each year based on the cohort preference

Ethics, governance and responsible leadership

The module is intended to set out a broad groundwork for the coverage of ethical, governance and responsible leadership issues in relation to business. Students will be supported to critically explore the private, public and social enterprise sectors, covering topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability, professionalism, ethical leadership and key issues in corporate governance and the extent to which present arrangements secure corporate accountability. In so doing, students will gain insight into the internal and external accountability structures aimed at producing an ethical organisation.

Global perspectives on risk

This module will enable students to understand the concepts and context of international business and critically analyse a wide range of risks such as managerial, cultural, political, ethical and economic which impact on these businesses. Students will also be able to evaluate a range of risk management strategies and tactics available to these international businesses.

International management, strategy and finance

The international management part of the module provides students with an understanding of the key activities and functions of contemporary business and management. The strategy component focuses on developing knowledge around strategic management and how firms design and implement strategies at the international level. The finance component will focus on developing an understanding about the role, importance, and sources of finance when conducting businesses internationally.

Leadership and people management

Develops an understanding about the role of leadership in the context of people management and how this relationship is important to contemporary organizations that have to manage ever-changing business contexts.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

On graduating from this programme, you will join the group of GCU London alumni, many of whom occupy a global presence, at senior level, in the private, public and third sector.

Typically, graduates of this programme will be equipped with the advanced skills and expertise in order to pursue a career as a trained specialist in diplomacy, international trade and communication and other associated roles within international affairs, whether working for a national foreign ministry, a trade mission, an international corporate setting, an aid and development NGO, or any other body or organisation that works globally.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking a PhD programme.

GCU London is based in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It has the best of every culture, every interest and hobby and every art form on your doorstep. Best of all, GCU London is based in one of the most exciting and up-and-coming areas in London; Spitalfields, home of the legendary Brick Lane, Old Spitalfields, Petticoat Lane Markets and much more.

GCU London provides students with an enriching and diverse learning experience underpinned by a vibrant international, intellectual and cultural life. We attract students from over 56 countries, from a range of backgrounds from all corners of the world.

The campus offers a unique range of MBA and MSc courses, high quality teaching and links with international businesses.
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Tuition fees 2020/21

Home (including Scotland and Europe): £8,700
International (outside Europe): £13,500

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home (including Scotland and Europe): £8,400
International (outside Europe): £12,980

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