To ensure long-term viability, firms require managers that are able to deal with the strategic implications of a complex, global business environment.

As a result, a degree in international business needs to push your strategic capabilities to the next level. To do that, we have decided to make ‘strategy’ a corner stone of the re-launched MSc International Business & Strategy (IB&S).

This 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 organizational designs. The various modules of the programme discuss the drivers of globalization, the process of internationalization and how the global economic environment influences firms’ competitive responses. 

Moreover, the MSc IB&S is designed to equip you with business analytical and problem-solving skills to cope with complex data, both quantitative as well as qualitative.

‌A range of optional modules are available in the second and third terms, enabling you to specialize 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.  It is important that your first degree contains at least an introductory course in economics and at least one course in mathematics, statistics or quantitative methods to provide the foundations for modules in economics and strategy that form the core of the programme.


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. Graduates from the MSc have gone on to work in a wide range of multinational businesses, management consultancies, financial services but also central banks and government departments around the world. A number of our alumni now occupy senior management positions in MNEs, government ministries and international organisations where they are responsible to develop and implement 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.