To ensure long-term viability, firms require managers who are capable of dealing with the strategic implications of a complex, global business environment. The MSc International Business & Strategy (IB&S) will boost your career by pushing your strategic capabilities to the next level.

This highly demanding programme combines the global perspective of international business with the up-to-date strategic thinking required to develop and defend competitive advantage and implement effective organisational designs. The various modules of the programme discuss the drivers of globalisation, the process of internationalisation and how the global economic environment influences firms’ competitive responses. 

Importantly, the MSc IB&S is designed to equip you with the analytical skills necessary to master the complex quantitative and qualitative data required for strategic decision making.

‌A range of optional modules is available in the second and third terms, enabling you to specialise in a particular area or add to your breadth of understanding of how global firms operate.

Entry requirements

The MSc in International Business & Strategy attracts a highly cosmopolitan mix of students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. We accept students with the equivalent of a 2:1 degree in business, management or economics-related subjects. 


Career development is an important part of the programme. Our careers advisers will help and support you right from the beginning of your time here at Lancaster.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of multinational businesses, management consultancies and financial services, and also central banks and government departments around the world. A number of our alumni now occupy senior management positions in multinational companies, government ministries and international organisations, where they are responsible for developing and implementing global strategy.

Programme introduction Play this video

Programme introduction

Dr Martin Friesl explains how the MSc in International Business & Strategy benefits graduates interested in careers in large global organisations.

World Economics Forum Play this video

World Economics Forum

The annual World Economics Forum is an exciting simulation where students work in groups to represent the interests of some of the world's major economic blocks.