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Development and International Business MSc

Queen Mary University of London

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Mile End

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Explore the changing relationship between states and markets. In recent years, interest in the relationship between international business and global development has increased. On this joint business and global development MSc, you will study the politics of development, foreign direct investment and international institutions of global political-economic governance.

  • A joint programme, taught in partnership with the School of Business and Management
  • Gain an advanced theoretical grounding in the core aspects of business and international development, considering its history and politics and its growing internationalisation
  • Gain insight into global working lives, economic restructuring, migrant labour, multinational companies, work, geo-politics, industrialisation and international development
  • Conduct independent field-based research in diverse locations

What you'll study

Develop an advanced and critical understanding of the development of international business from various intellectual perspectives. Examine many approaches, from neo-liberal and mainstream business studies, through to more critical views which engage with questions of power and resistance.

You will consider issues concerning world economy and development, and will examine new theories around development futures. You will gain formal training in research design and methods.

Thereafter, you may select optional modules to focus on your areas of interest. These might include study of the economics of development, global governance, international business strategy and social and political marketing, among many other options offered by the School of Geography and the School of Business and Management.

You will receive tailored research supervision and training suitable to your individual research interests in order to complete your dissertation.

This programme also offers students the opportunity to undertake an unpaid internship with London International Development Centre (LIDC) while studying. LIDC will take on up to 4 Masters students as interns per year. Learn more here.


  • Use dedicated Masters study and computing spaces within the School of Geography.
  • Access specialist qualitative, quantitative, and GIS computing software to support your learning and research.
  • Access an unparalleled range of learning resources, special collections, and world-leading libraries within QMUL and the University of London, such as the QMUL Library, Senate House Library. Other specialist collections are accessible nearby, for example at the British Library.

Career paths

This programme will prepare you for a broad range of careers but will specifically deliver the research skills and substantive knowledge required by multinational businesses, social enterprises, NGOs, development organisations and government departments. Previous graduates have gone onto work in business consultancies, development charities, commodity supply chains, national governments departments and financial trading.

Application deadline

09 September 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 20,750per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Queen Mary University of London

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  • Campus address

    Queen Mary University of London, Admissions and Recruitment Office, Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 4NS, England

Queen Mary is truly inclusive, with 170 nationalities represented on its campuses.
Queen Mary students can enjoy the security and friendliness of campus life while living in one of the world’s most exciting cities.
Research at Queen Mary is world-leading across disciplines, with its academics making a major impact across all subject areas.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 124 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    149 69%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66.0 66%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.66 73%



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