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Development and International Business MSc




What will I learn?


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.

Which department am I in?

School of Geography

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£20,750.00 (US$ 25,528) per year
This is a fixed fee

*View details on institution website

Application deadline

Expected September 2023

Start date

18 September 2023


Mile End

Mile End Road,

Tower Hamlets,


E1 4NS, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have a Bachelors Degree. IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

For international students

Students need to have a 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in a relevant subject. IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

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About Queen Mary University of London

Students of all backgrounds can enjoy an exceptional education, and all the culture that London has to offer, if they choose to study at Queen Mary.

  • A world-leading Russell Group university
  • An exceptionally diverse student body
  • Excellent facilities with lots of investment
  • Has produced eight Nobel Prize winners

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