International Business Economics MSc | Coventry Un...

Campus Map

Working with Coventry University

Working at Coventry University

Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

View current job vacancies.


Staff portal

Access the central point of information for all staff across the University.


Student Portal

Check your assessments, access Solar and get course information.


International Business Economics MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:


Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply

Coventry University


September 2019



Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321


This specialist Master’s programme examines in depth critical issues in international business economics, together with the complexities of and challenges facing today’s world markets.

We focus on practical economic analysis, policy formulation and market efficiency in a real-world context, bringing you up-to-speed with challenges facing modern businesses through guest speakers, industry visits, case studies and internship opportunities. Emphasis is given to developing quantitative skills to evaluate outcomes of economic policies and interventions, making evidence-based decisions. 

Our experienced teaching staff aim to share their professional or research expertise, having worked for organisations such as the Financial Service Authority, run national training courses for the Economics Network and published in leading journals, including International Journal of Economics and Business Research. You can also benefit from industry-standard facilities, including the largest academic trading floor in Europe.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Course information

The primary purpose of this course is to try and equip you with the practical experience, skills and knowledge to apply advanced economics principles and mathematics to support decision making – at a global, national or individual firm level.

We adopt a holistic approach, exploring the synergies between economic theory, management practice, international business and finance.

Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to encounter real-life scenarios. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to use managerial economics tools to solve actual economic problems – from determining optimal pricing strategies to evaluating mergers and take-overs, among others. 

Course content is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments in economics, the world economy and the needs of private and public sectors. For example, we have recently examined the topic on why corporate CEO pay is so high.

We have links with the Government Economic Service, the Bank of England, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Lloyds TSB, Barclays and the European Commission, many of whom have provided guest lecturers to our students.

Course Specification
Download PDF (370kb)



The course is underpinned by the study of economics – both micro and macro – as applied in business and strategic management within developed and emerging markets. You might analyse the ramifications of changes in the international economic environment on the growth and prosperity of specific nations, or you may be required to recommend and justify the price for a new produce launch. This is complemented by modules in corporate and international finance, which introduce pricing, investment and financing, together with relevant legislation and regulation.

In your final semester, you can choose to spend time on a company internship, typically lasting eight to 12 weeks. Alternatively, you can choose a topic on which to focus your dissertation with previous students, for example, corporate governance in developing countries.


  • Semester 1

    • International Macroeconomics for Business
    • Economics of Strategic Management
    • Corporate Finance
    • Quantitative Methods
  • Semester 2

    • Economics of Emerging Markets
    • Business Economics and the European Union
    • International Business and Global Strategy
    • International Financial Markets
  • Semester 3

    • Dissertation/Consultancy Project
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Experienced staff who have worked as economic advisors.
  • Faculty research expertise in Exchange Rate Equilibriums, International trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and Conflict Economics.
  • Innovative, interactive teaching features business simulations and software to gain practical insights into business problems and IT solutions.
  • Expert contributions by professionals from industry, sometimes our own alumni, including HM Treasury, Lloyds-TSB, Barclays and the European Commission.
  • Coventry University is ranked 5th best in the UK for ‘Economics’ and 20th in the UK for ‘Business, Management and Marketing’ in the 2018 Guardian University Guide.
  • Strong links with employers to ensure the course is responsive to the needs of potential employment sectors, such as the telecommunications sector (Vodafone) and the IT sector (FDM Group).
  • Student-led Economics Society organises social events, visiting speakers and field trips, which in the past have included a visit to Amsterdam to visit the stock exchange (additional costs may apply).

Excellent facilities include our state-of-the-art trading floor featuring 42 dual screen Bloomberg terminals.

Your main study themes are:

  • Macroeconomics for business: Explores the economic processes of globalisation as well as the economic basis for trade and protectionism. We also examine the macroeconomic objectives of governments and how the pursuit of these objectives and factors such as exchange rate regimes may impact upon the international business environment.

  • Corporate finance: Covers theories and practice associated with the key corporate decisions on investment, financing and dividends. You will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the role and importance of governance and ethics within the firm and financial markets in general. We will explore the techniques and models of asset pricing and also try to develop the skills necessary to critically analyse and interpret the financial statements of firms and become aware of their limitations.

  • International markets and market efficiency: Explore how markets operate and are regulated, analysing the behaviour of market players, including monopolies, together with the factors which cause market failure. You will have the opportunity to learn to identify and evaluate the various business and economic sources of growth in the major emerging market economies, popularly known as the BRICs, and gain insights into their evolving trading and investment patterns and implications of their success on mature developed economies, especially in the context of the changing global balance of power with China and India as the leading economies. 

  • Quantitative methods: To familiarise you with the extensive range of statistical and mathematical techniques necessary to effectively analyse problems in the field of finance and economics. You will be introduced to the areas of descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling methods and hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression analysis, experimental design, time series analysis and forecasting, optimisation techniques, and decision analysis in an applied context.

  • Economics of Strategic Management: To help you understand the key concepts and tools used in the economic analysis of management strategy. We evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of, and interactions between, various forms of management strategy. You will be offered the opportunity to achieve a comprehensive knowledge of the economic framework within which business operates and apply appropriate judgment to real economics and business cases.

This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years. You can start in January, May or September.

As well as traditional teaching and learning methods, such as lectures, workshops and seminars, specific subjects adopt a mix of experimental approaches to facilitate richer deeper learning. Furthermore, your dissertation supervisor will provide guidance on your research project. 

We use numerous case studies, empirical applications, advanced statistical and analytical software and data sources to expose you to real-world problems and techniques that we believe that you would be likely to l encounter in your future workplace..

Many of our teaching staff are research active and aim to disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, fostering debate and discussion. For example, recent cohorts have had the opportunity to make use of lecturers’ research outputs in their seminar discussions and drawn case studies for use in their workshops from research outputs of staff on the programme.

You will have the opportunity to participate in range of field trips and industry visits, at home and abroad, with recent excursions to Manchester United and Jaguar Land Rover in the UK (additional costs may apply).

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include dissertation/Management Consultancy Project, reports, presentations, formal examinations and practical coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you will have had the opportunity to gain knowledge of:

  • The concepts and theories in economics and international trade, and their application to real-world situations.
  • Financing arrangements, strategies and governance structures of business, voluntary and governmental organisations. 
  • Mathematical and econometric techniques for economic analysis.
  • The complex operation and function of markets in different regulatory settings.
  • The contemporary and controversial issues in economics and business in emerging markets.


On successful completion, you will have had the opportunity to:

  • Use diagnostic and decision making skills in dealing with economic and international business problems.
  • Select and apply modelling and quantitative techniques in economic policy and international business contexts. 
  • Search for relevant data and information sources, manage gathered data and use it to systematically and creatively comprehend, analyse and synthesise complex issues.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in approaching, tackling and finding solutions to economic and analytical problems, and identifying relevant data and information patterns.
  • Critically assess and evaluate the conceptual and theoretical frameworks in economics and international business, as well as challenge their assumptions.
  • Exercise judgement in the selection of different theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to analyse issues and problems in real-world economic contexts. 
  • Find, extract, manipulate, analyse and interpret economic data from various sources and develop reasoned conclusions.
  • Critically assess, compare and contrast the economic environment and policy outcomes in national and international contexts.

In a typical week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 26 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

The course naturally has an intercultural and international focus as its staff and students come from a wide range of different nationalities. Team work, discussions and group presentations encourage sharing of ideas and knowledge between students of diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, the subject of international trade, FDI and emerging markets themselves are international by nature and you will be given the opportunity to work on case studies from across the globe.

Furthermore, the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) is Coventry University’s dedicated service that supports students’ international experience. Whether you are interested in studying abroad or would like to gain some work, volunteering or teaching experience in the UK, Europe or beyond, CGE is here to make it a reality (additional costs may apply).

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



September 2019

£11,450 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2019

£11,450 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2019

£15,800 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Upon successful completion, you should be well informed to face the challenges of managers working in international financial and business markets in the 21st century.

You could work as an economist, analyst or consultant for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), such as the World Bank or International Monetary Fund (IMF), or private companies and public sector organisations. Typical roles include becoming a financial analyst, bond trader, policy analyst, bank examiner, research analyst, actuary or market research consultant.

The nature of specialist knowledge, technical, analytical and transferrable skills developed during the programme, and the opportunity to align your dissertation to match specific career aspirations will produce highly employable experts in economic analysis with working understanding of concepts applicable to various institutions and fields.

Many of our graduates have found employment positions after graduation.  Alternatively, if you wish to pursue research at PhD level, it can provide an excellent stepping stone into a research career.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The Faculty’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

What our alumni say

Staff are very friendly and helpful! The international environment also gave me a much better understanding of the different cultures in this world.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.