Start date(s)
September 2024
Study Mode
Full time (1 year)
Part time (2 years)
Leeds City Campus

Course overview

Take your career global with an MA International Business degree at Leeds Trinity University. Develop your knowledge and skills with a focus on international business operations to kickstart your career as a manager and business specialist. This MA is also suitable for experienced managers who lack a theoretical and applied understanding of the wide range of factors that underpin the modern environment of 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

About this course

This programme aims to offer the essential knowledge and understanding, skills and experience required for you to operate effectively and successfully in an international business environment. The key themes of the programme are embedded in all of the modules studied:

  • The increasing significance of the global/local marketplace, including international supply chains, export/import operations, international expansion and e-commerce.
  • Understanding of international customers and their requirements, focusing on the major role played by “customer relationship management” and the pivotal role played by customer service, which should be underpinned by an understanding of cross-cultural management issues associated with diverse international business teams/employees.
  • Learning International Business strategy development, including international finance, mergers and acquisitions, international partnerships, global supply/distribution chains and joint ventures. Issues of sustainability, corporate social responsibility and business ethics will also be explored.

The core modules cover all the key functional areas including the principles of international business, corporate and international strategies, international operations and global supply chain management, retailing and services marketing, as well as leadership and professional development.

The subject is taught with an international perspective to ensure relevance in today's global economy. Non-UK students are particularly valued for enriching the overall international learning experience. 

On successful completion of this degree, you'll be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of organisations, the international context in which they operate and how they are managed. You will be able to understand, respond to and lead change and be able to demonstrate intellectual breadth by making integrative links across these functional areas of international business.

Why study with us

  • Learn from business experts. Our lecturers have extensive industry experience. They will use their knowledge and connections to ensure you’re prepared for a career in business and management.
  • Tailor your assessments towards your career aspirations while gaining a broad understanding of business and management to keep your career options open.
  • Make connections with the Leeds Trinity Business Network. You’ll have the opportunity to raise your profile, make connections, expand your knowledge and grow your own business.

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


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.

International Business

A range of topics will be covered where you will understand the complexities of conducting business across borders. You'll be introduced to the environmental factors that impact international business decisions and operations and will learn about the various forms of international market entry strategies and the impact of environmental factors on Global trade, finance and investment, the role of multinational corporations, exchange rates, exports/imports and the ethical and social responsibility implications of international business practices will be explored. Throughout the module, you'll develop critical thinking and analytical skills as you apply theoretical and practical knowledge to real-world challenges in the field of international business.

Professional Development and Leadership

This module aims to equip you with the soft skills in decision-making, problem-solving, creativity, conflict-resolution and critical thinking in leadership and team roles. This is the knowledge necessary to be successful in the workplace and in your career planning. Taking charge of your own professional development, you'll practise and evaluate communication and collaboration methods in a variety of individual and team challenges.

Different leadership styles and their effectiveness in different business contexts will be developed and you'll learn how to communicate effectively with team members and how to inspire and motivate others. 

By the end of the module, you should be able to demonstrate proficiency in leadership, teamwork and digital skills, and be able to choose appropriate approaches and tools for your own development and for workplace activities.

International Management and Marketing

International Management and Marketing is an exciting and challenging field that is becoming increasingly important in today’s global business environment.

Key topics such as international management, global business strategies, marketing for international business, marketing in the global business environment and the international marketing mix will be covered. You'll develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by organisations operating in the global marketplace. Cross-cultural management, global human resource management and the importance of adapting marketing strategies to different cultural, political, economic and legal environments will also be explored.

Business Research and Analytics

You will focus on a real-life business and management issue and present it in the form of a project proposal. Research, data analysis, communication and networking between the client/research sponsor are all focal points of this module. Learning how to combine and balance theoretical (academic) and practical/applied business requirements will also be taught.  

The project proposal preparation will include a problem definition in the light of a business context/issue, potential client needs/benefits, business and research aims and objectives, a literature review and a research methodology.

Research Project

This module extends the Business Research and Analytics module by focusing on an in-depth investigation of real-life business issues, which includes organisation-based projects, desk-based research, analytics, and presenting it in the form of a report producing recommendations for business on the basis of original findings.

You'll build your in-depth knowledge and understanding in core subject areas depending on the area of your interest, as well as the practical application of methods and techniques relevant to your subject. 

Course structure: Full-time, one year course

1 International Business
  Professional Development and Leadership
2 International Management and Marketing 
  Business Research and Analytics
3 Research Project

Course structure: part-time, two year course

Year one

1 International Business
2 International Management and Marketing

Year two

1 Professional Development and Leadership
2 Business Research and Analytics
3 Research Project


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 (2:2 or above) in any discipline.
  • Alternatively, we will consider applicants with significant professional/business experience (at least six years at management level).

For more information on meeting English language requirements and academic requirements by country, visit our International Applicants page.

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

Fees and finance


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.

Leeds Trinity Alumni Discount

Some Leeds Trinity graduates are eligible for a tuition fee discount on postgraduate courses of up to 50%, excluding PGCE Delivery Partner Model and Lead Partner Model, and Masters by Research courses. You will need to achieve a 2:2 or above in a Leeds Trinity undergraduate course to qualify.

Postgraduate courseDiscount
MA programmes  50% for graduates with a 1st class honours degree
MA programmes  35% for graduates with a 2:1 honours degree
MA programmes  20% for graduates with a 2:2 honours degree

How to apply

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

Home applicants - How to apply

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 Wednesday 31 July 2024. You must also meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than the end of June 2024. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.

To view academic requirements by country, visit our International Applicants page

International applicants - How to apply

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.

Chartered Association of Business Schools

Leeds Trinity University Business School is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

The association supports its members to maintain world-class standards of teaching and research, and helps to shape policy and create opportunities through dialogue with business and government.

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