MSc International Business, Trade and Diplomacy

Addressing transformations in the economic, financial and monetary world

MSc International Business, Trade and Diplomacy

At this point in time, the international environment in which companies and governments have to operate is changing dramatically. As a result of the 2008 international financial crisis, diplomatic missions and governments today are focussing on activities to promote business, trade and attract foreign direct investment.

The MSc International Business, Trade and Diplomacy will provide essential knowledge about the transformations that are taking place in the economic, financial and monetary world. With a focus on understanding the trend of global sourcing as an enabler to increasing internationalisation of companies and factors leading to their choices for foreign locations, as well as their mode of entry into certain locations. Lectures will elaborate on the interaction between government and the business community in such areas as unemployment issues and responsibility in the value chain and will include an examination of the impact of increasing global sourcing activities on the relationship between developed and developing nations.

The programme is designed for graduates of any discipline who want to pursue a career in international diplomacy and gain specialist knowledge of international business and trade. The programme draws on GCU London’s respected track record of providing applied, professional education.

Glasgow Caledonian University London’s International Diplomacy Programmes are designed to address the growing global market needs in the areas of diplomacy, international business, international security and international communication. The development of appropriate understanding and acquisition of relevant skills in these areas have become essential for the effective management of international interaction at public and private levels alike.

Your career

Typically, graduates of this programme will be equipped with the advanced skills and expertise in order to pursue a career as a trained specialist in diplomacy, international trade and communication and other associated roles within international affairs, whether working for a national foreign ministry, a trade mission, an international corporate setting, an aid and development NGO, or any other body or organisation that works globally.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking a PhD programme.

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What will you study

  • Diplomacy, Practice, Procedures and Dynamics I
  • Diplomacy, Practice, Procedures and Dynamics II
  • Cross-Cultural Communication: Projection and Perception
  • Digital Nation State: Strategies and Implementation
  • International Business and Trade
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Research Project


Option modules
Two modules from the following list will run each year based on the cohort preference :

  • Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership
  • Global Perspectives on Risk
  • International Management, Strategy and Finance
  • Leadership and People Management

“Our MSc International Business, Trade and Diplomacy explores the benefits and implementation of economic diplomacy and addresses the needs of both the public and private sectors and examines the best practices in promoting business, trade and investment.”

Professor Nabil Ayad (Programme Leader)

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to have a UK Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, at grade 2.2 or above.

However, each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If applicants do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, they may be eligible to enter this programme via the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Students whose first language is not English will need IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5).


Home/EU: £8400 | International: £12980

Home/EU: £8700 | International: £13500


We have a range of scholarship for this course. Please visit our scholarships page.

“I was attracted to GCU London by its reputation and research excellence. I found that the well-experienced professors guide and encourage students to think independently and critically”

Amy Zheng (MSc International Management and Business Development)

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