International Business - Development Studies (Radboud - Glasgow)

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MSc International Business - Development studies is a dual masters degree programme in collaboration with Radboud University, Netherlands. This exciting programme will enable you to understand and analyse the activities of multinational enterprises and their socio-economic and policy implications for society. 

Why this programme?

  • You will receive an MSc in Business Administration with a specialisation in International Business from Radboud University and an MSc in Development Studies from the University of Glasgow
  • This programme is interdisciplinary, incorporating international business and economics, strategic management, and economic and social history
  • The specialisation in International Business at Radboud University will enhance your management knowledge for the creation of social and economic value in emerging and developing countries
  • The specialised degree at Glasgow will increase your awareness of the importance of policy making in addressing social and developmental problems in these economies
  • You will gain extensive knowledge of the world of business and a better insight into mulitnationals, emerging market SMEs and transnational institutions, for example the World Bank, IMF and UN
  • You will be provided the training needed to analyse large datasets, which is a skill valued by most employers

Programme structure

This dual degree is a two-year programme, with your first year spent studying at Radboud University and the second year at the University of Glasgow. This programme brings together expertise in ways of reducing inequality in the developing world from the perspective of both multinationals and policy makers.

This programme consists of a total of 150 EC credits. The dissertation is joint and will be coordinated by both universities.

Year one - Radboud

Core courses

  • Corporate strategy
  • Strategy and nonmarket environment
  • Methodology in marketing and strategic management or Advanced research methods
  • Culture and institutions
  • International business and trade
  • Innovation in emerging markets

Optional courses

Elective course, which is not part of the specialisation "Business Analysis and Modelling"

Year two - Glasgow

You will take three core courses and three optional courses and complete an MSc dissertation.

Core courses

  • Economics of inequality and deprivation
  • Foreign direct investment and development
  • Development policy
  • Research method and dissertation training (includes economic data analysis)

Optional courses may include

  • Aid and development
  • Basic econometrics
  • Behavioural economics: theory and applications
  • Challenges in international policies
  • Environmental economics
  • Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
  • Foreign direct investment and development
  • Growth and development
  • Human rights and global policies
  • IMF, World Bank and economic growth
  • International security and global politics
  • International trade
  • Policies for sustainability and development
  • Project planning, appraisal and implementation
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation
  • Theory and principles of sustainability

If you have little or no economics background you are strongly recommended to take the non-credit introductory course to economics offered before semester one begins

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exception circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.


How to apply

The first step is to apply to the programme at Radboud, full details are explained on the Radboud website.

The application procedure for the dual degree programme starts after you are admitted to the International Business specialisation at Radboud University.

Please contact the Admissions Team if you have any questions regarding the application process. Please send your email

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