MSc in International Business and Politics
The integration between business, politics and law
The integration of international business and politics is central to the programme, but it also covers key aspects of international law.
You learn about international businesses, national and international political institutions and NGO’s and how these different actors cooperate, compete and influence each other in an international environment. You learn to navigate and analyse the ‘grey’ areas between international business, international law and national, regional and international political systems in order to understand contemporary changes in world society. You gain knowledge of political institutions and how they create, adjust and limit markets nationally as well as internationally. These regulations affect companies as well as they themselves affect political decisions and the political environment. You are provided with the qualifications to understand and analyse these types of interactions.
Possibilities for action in the world society
The programme offers you an in depth understanding of how political institutions, businesses and NGO’s act in a complex world, what their possibilities for action are, and how they handle problems that arise. You get knowledge and an understanding of specific contemporary issues and problems, such as the role of public-private partnerships in addressing environmental, social, and human rights problems around the world, the role of business in civil wars and other situations of conflict, and the problems and challenges of creating international business standards, for instance concerning accounting and corporate governance.
International business strategies
The internationalisation of business and strategies of transnational companies are in focus with emphasis on their internal management, their international strategies and relations to political institutions. You will learn to contribute to international business strategies, while taking societal issues into account. An example could be to analyse the political, economic and legal challenges in the energy market before creating a strategy for a company within the energy sector.
International Business and Politics is a two-year master programme that is divided into 4 semesters. The autumn semester runs from September through November with exams in December and January; and the spring semester from February through April with exams in May and June.
The first year consists of eight mandatory courses and three specialisation courses. The specialisation courses can be chosen freely from the pool of courses offered by the three profiles. For instance one course from each profile or two courses from one profile and one course from another.
The three profiles are:
- International Business (IB)
- International Political Economy (IPE)
- Law (LAW)
The second year consists of elective courses and the master thesis.
You have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester at one of CBS’ partner universities.
You have the opportunity to do an internship and get credits transferred to you master degree. Since it is not possible to get a full semester credit transferred for your internship, you have the opportunity to write a free paper in order to complete the semester.
When studying International Business and Politics, you can apply to the CEMS MIM programme, which is a double degree in Interntional Management. It provides you with both the MSc degree and the CEMS in International Management.
|1. Semester||2. Semester||3. Semester||4. Semester|
|International Business Strategy (7.5 ECTS)||Scientific Methods in Practice (7.5 ECTS)||Electives or Echange or CEMS (30 ECTS)||Master Thesis (30 ECTS)|
|Fundamentals of International Economic Law (7.5 ECTS)||
3 Specialisation courses (22,5 ECTS) *
(Courses are chosen during the first semester)
|International Political Economy: Advanced Theory and Institutions (7.5 ECTS)|
|Interdisciplinary Case-Based Course in International Business and Politics (7.5 ECTS)|
* You can choose freely from the different courses.
The IBP Study Board can set numerical limitations on the number of students in a stream course, but all students are entitled to three stream courses.
You must pick three of the following courses within the different profiles:
International Business Profile:
- Economics of Global Strategy
- Managing People in Multinational Corporations
International Political Economy Profile:
- Topics in International Political Economy
- Research Seminar in International Political Economy
- Research Seminar 2 in International Political Economy
- Theories of International Law and Politics
- Business Responsibilities for Human Rights.
You can find course descriptions in the programme regulations for MSc in International Business and Politics.