MSc in International Business and Politics

By understanding the international, political, economic and to some extend legal dynamics that shape the world we live in, you are able to critically analyse and understand political and business dynamics and how they influence each other.


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, 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 courses of which five are mandatory and three are stream courses. The stream courses are placed in three main subjects, and students can choose freely among the courses. For instance, one course from each profile or two courses from one profile and one course from another.

The three streams are:

  • International Business
  • International Political Economy
  • Law

The second year consists of elective courses and the master thesis.

Additional Options

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.

Course Overview

1. Semester 2. Semester 3. Semester 4. Semester
International Business Strategy (7.5 ECTS) Scientific Methods in Practice  (7.5 ECTS) Electives / Internship / Exchange (30 ECTS) Master's thesis (30 ECTS)
Fundamentals of International Economic Law (7.5 ECTS)

3 stream 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)

* 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 streams:

International Business:

  • Economics of Global Strategy
  • Managing People in Multinational Corporations

International Political Economy:

  • Topics in International Political Economy
  • Research Seminar in International Political Economy OR Research Seminar 2 in International Political Economy

Law Profile:

  • 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.


Sidst opdateret: Student Affairs // 17/01/2019