Course details



Start date(s)

September 2022

Study mode(s)

Full time (1 year) Part time (2 years)

Course overview

Take your career global with an MA International Business.

We’ll guide you through the fast-paced world of International Business by exploring three key themes: the global/local marketplace, international customers and international strategy development.

The Student Contract

Course information

About this course

About this course

You’ll learn from research-active academics with extensive industry experience in a range of international business contexts. Their approach to learning and teaching is based on contemporary international business concepts and case studies, and they’ll work with you to develop analytical approaches needed to solve complex problems and implement appropriate solutions.

On this course, you’ll look at the increasing significance of the global/local marketplace, including traditional export/import operations, international expansion and e-commerce. You’ll gain an understanding of international customers and their requirements, focusing on customer relationship management, customer service and cross-cultural management issues associated with diverse international business teams. You’ll also learn about International Business strategy development, including acquisitions, international partnerships, global supply chains and joint ventures.

Our approach to International Business is interdisciplinary, covering key business principles such as strategy, operations and global supply chain management, retailing and services marketing, and leadership and professional development.

We focus on complex social and economic activities in the international context, looking at how to achieve stakeholder objectives.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have developed:

  • advanced knowledge of organisations, their management and the fast-changing international context
  • your ability to apply knowledge and understanding of international business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice
  • a wide array of professional skills that will enhance your employability, such as communication/presentation, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, analysis and decision-making
  • lifelong learning skills that will enable you to work with self-direction and originality to contribute to business and society at large



Graduates from this course can claim exemptions from up to four CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) professional examinations. This allows you to begin at the Operational level of training as a CIMA Accountant. Further details can be found via the CIMA website (link opens in a new window/tab).



You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

The Leadership and Professional Development module will support your strategic career planning and the development of your management and leadership capabilities.

Other core modules such as International Business, Operations and Global Supply Chain Management, Corporate and International Strategy and International Marketing and Management aim to give you an in-depth understanding of fundamental international business areas. Theory and practice are integrated through the extensive use of UK and international case studies and real business examples.

You will also get the chance to develop a specialism through the option modules which you can extend further in your organisation-based research project.

You’ll complete the Business Research module and a Research Project/Dissertation, ideally in conjunction with an appropriate business organisation. This will allow you to generate business recommendations and conduct research in the same way that professional management researchers and consultants might operate.

Course structure

Your programme runs throughout the year and comprises Semester One, Semester Two and the Summer period. Each semester is 12 weeks and you will need to commit one day per week (usually timetabled on a Tuesday) to attend your postgraduate business classes. During the Summer period you will be working with your research/consultancy project supervisors according to individually agreed schedules and locations.

Each semester you will complete three modules (3 x 20 credits, total 60 credits). Each module has 24 hours of scheduled teaching via lectures and seminars which are normally delivered between 9.00am and 6.00pm each Tuesday.

Course Structure: Full-time, one year course

SemesterModulesContact hours
Leadership and Professional Development Three days of scheduled teaching 


International Business

Operations and Global Supply Chain Management

Each module has 24 hours of teaching, delivered as 6 x 4 hour sessions.   


International Marketing and Management

Corporate and International

Business Research

Each module has 24 hours of teaching, delivered as 6 x 4 hour sessions.   
Summer (May - September) Research Project/Dissertation Off-campus, contact hours as agreed with supervisor, 


Innovation, Change and Enterprise

Human Resources Management

Project Management

Three-day teaching block/3 x 8 hours, usually 9.00am to 6.00pm in May and June

Course structure: part-time, two year course

Year one

SemesterModulesContact hours
1 Leadership and Professional Development Three days of scheduled teaching 

International Marketing and Management

Corporate and International

Each module has 24 hours of teaching, delivered as 6 x 4 hour sessions. 


Innovation, Change and Enterprise

Human Resources Management

Project Management

Three-day teaching block/ 3 x 8 hours, usually 9.00am to 6.00pm in May and June

Year two

SemesterModulesContact hours

International Business

Operations and Global Supply Chain Management

Each module has 24 hours of teaching, delivered as 6 x 4 hour sessions.    

Business Research

Each module has 24 hours of teaching, delivered as 6 x 4 hour sessions.   
Summer (May to September)

Research Project/Dissertation

Off-campus, contact hours as agreed with supervisor, 

Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development


You’ll be assessed on your ability to present an academic argument, the application of theory into practice and the demonstration of a practical and integrative approach to a problem or issue.
A range of assessment methods will be used, which may include:
• case studies, market analysis and business reports
• individual and team presentations
• business and marketing project plans
• business project portfolio
• research project report or dissertation

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

  • An honours degree (minimum 2:2) in any discipline.
  • Minimum English Language entry requirements: IELTS Academic 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent


          You do not need to provide evidence of your English Language if any of the following conditions apply:

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or at


Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

UK Home Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our web page for international students.

How to apply

How to apply

Apply online using the following link(s).

Full time

Part time

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or

Applicants who require a Student Route Visa

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by Tuesday 31 May 2022. You must also meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than Thursday 30 June 2022. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.

What happens next?

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. Where applications are submitted but references are still in progress, admissions will wait for the reference(s) to be received and then will process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within five days of receipt of the reference(s).

The Programme Leader will make a decision based on your application. You may be asked to provide a reference to demonstrate your academic and non-academic experiences, or you may be invited to attend an interview. If you are successful and made an offer, the conditions will be outlined in your offer letter. 

Applications will be acknowledged within five working days. Applicants will be contacted within 15 working days with a request for additional information, invite to an informal interview or an application decision.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

You may be asked to present the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student information point on campus, if originals are not needed you’ll be contacted and given details of how to provide the supporting documentation.

Why study with us?

We’re a small university with a big reputation for business. Whether you study the MBA or MA, you’ll learn from research-active academics with extensive industry experience who have contributed to our reputation for excellence in teaching Business programmes.

Our lecturers are experienced practitioners who have held senior business, management and marketing positions in businesses and enterprises across the world. They have worked in senior management positions for multi-national enterprises, senior marketing positions for international brands, and they’ve been managing partners and company directors for accounting and auditing firms. Many of them still manage companies, as well as working as management consultants and external examiners for other universities and professional bodies. They’ll use their knowledge and connections to ensure you’re prepared for a career in business and management.

We’ve designed the courses to give you a broad understanding of business and management. You’ll cover all the key principles of business – from marketing and corporate strategy, to financial management and business ethics. Our broad approach means that you’ll not only keep your career options open, but you’ll also be able to tailor your assessments towards your career aspirations – whether that’s marketing, finance, people management or international business. This approach also means you’ll be part of a diverse group of students with a range of different specialisms and interests, which you can learn from and be inspired by.

Leeds Trinity University is home to the Leeds Trinity Business Network: a thriving, informal and free network of over 3,000 businesses. As a student, you’ll have the opportunity to be a part of the network and make connections, raise your profile and expand your knowledge to grow your own business. The network runs bi-monthly events which attract hundreds of businesses. Each event is themed to support business growth and provides businesses with a ‘take away’ from each meeting, such as how to use big data effectively, social media insights and word-of-mouth marketing.

Receive an alumni discount

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your MA  tuition fees. 

Visit our Student Finance pages to find out more.