"Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details."
Why choose Herts?
Work-Related Learning: You have a placement option to gain work experience during the programme. Previous students have worked for organisations such as Bosch, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, and Canada Life.
Industry connections: Hertfordshire Business School is very well connected and hosts regular business networking events with large organisations such as BT, Tesco, and Ocado.
Employment prospects: Our graduates work as Business Developers, Senior Managers, and Commercial Operation Managers in organisations including Royal Mail, Network Rail, and BT.
About the course
M.Sc. International Business is an innovative flagship programme with flexible entry points and pathways. The programme is designed to help you build a strong understanding of the way organisations operate globally, and help develop specialist skills that enable you to work effectively across national borders.
The programme offers 3 award routes that you can choose to study:
One-year full-time M.Sc. International Business (September & January entry)
Two-year M.Sc. International Business (Sandwich) (September entry only)
Two-year M.Sc. International Business with Advanced Research (September entry only)
The two-year M.Sc. International Business (Sandwich) programme offers you the opportunity to work on a placement as part of your degree as well as your academic studies.
The ‘sandwich’ degree is also known as a ‘placement’ degree and refers to a placement /internship ‘sandwiched’ between your first year’s study and your second year’s research project.
As a student on the 2-year sandwich programme, you will have the opportunity to work on a full-time placement (normally 40 weeks) and gain experience in your chosen career sector.
This follows your first year’s study when you will have the opportunity to explore international business in a number of areas, including economics, finance, strategy, marketing, management, human resource, and supply chain management. There will also be the opportunity to conduct an independent major research project in your area of interest.
Throughout the programme, you will gain a unique combination of skills sought after by employers all over the world. These include communication, numeracy, team-working, cross-cultural awareness, reflective learning and the ability to critically analyse complex business challenges to reach considered creative solutions.
You will also build a strong network with your peers and colleagues at the workplace – some will become your close friends, and a few may even become your future business partners.
In short, the placement is an excellent way to apply the knowledge and skills you learn in your programme as well as increase your employment prospects following graduation.
There are no required fees for the sandwich route. Instead, you are expected to be paid by your placement/internship employer.
Why choose this course?
Research shows that over 70% of employers prefer students with work experience. The two-year ‘sandwich’ programme is an excellent choice for you to enhance your qualification and experience by spending two semesters on an internship. It also offers you the opportunity to:
Strive for sound academic performance, while proactively exploring career possibilities and making valuable contacts alongside your studies
Apply your knowledge and skills to manage complex business challenges at your workplace and in a real business world setting
Gain valuable experience and place yourself in a favourable position to pursue your chosen career path upon graduation
Obtain a two-year study visa and enjoy a wider experience of study and work in the UK (for international students)
At the University of Hertfordshire, we want to make sure your time studying with us is as stress-free and rewarding as possible. We offer a range of support services including; student wellbeing, academic support, accommodation, and childcare to ensure that you make the most of your time at Herts and can focus on studying and having fun.
Sandwich placement or study abroad year: Mandatory
Applications open to international and EU students: Yes