Taught course

Development and International Business

Queen Mary, University of London · Geography

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification), together with two supportive references, at least one of which must be academic. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 7.0. Read more about English language requirements.

Candidates that do not currently meet the set entry requirements may also have the option to study the Graduate Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences. Meeting the required grades on completion of this programme will provide a pathway to study MA Development and International Business.

Find out more about how to apply for our postgraduate taught courses.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the changing relationship between states and markets. In recent years, interest in the relationship between international business and development has increased. On this joint MSc, you will study the politics of development, foreign direct investment and international institutions of global political-economic governance.

  • A joint programme, taught in partnership with the School of Business and Management
  • Gain an advanced theoretical grounding in the core aspects of business, considering its history and politics and its growing internationalisation
  • Gain insight into global working lives, economic restructuring, migrant labour, multinational companies, work, geo-politics, industrialisation and development
  • Conduct independent field-based research in diverse locations

What you'll study

Develop an advanced and critical understanding of the development of international business from various intellectual perspectives. Examine many approaches, from neo-liberal and mainstream business studies, through to more critical views which engage with questions of power and resistance.

You will consider issues concerning world economy and development, and will examine new theories around development futures. You will gain formal training in research design and methods.

Thereafter, you may select optional modules to focus on your areas of interest. These might include study of the economics of development, global governance, international business strategy and social and political marketing, among many other options offered by the School of Geography and the School of Business and Management.

You will receive tailored research supervision and training suitable to your individual research interests in order to complete your dissertation.

This programme also offers students the opportunity to undertake an unpaid internship with London International Development Centre (LIDC) while studying. LIDC will take on up to 4 Masters students as interns per year. Learn more here.

Additional costs

Your dissertation can include fieldwork conducted in the UK or overseas, and you would be responsible for the costs associated with this.


  • Three compulsory modules
  • Four elective modules
  • Compulsory 12,000-word dissertation


Teaching for all modules includes a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars.

Some optional modules will include evening classes (5-7pm) and you may experience some intensive teaching periods.

If you choose to study part-time, the number of modules you take is reduced per semester. The full number of modules you need to complete the programme will be spread over two academic years.

We received 100% for teaching categories in the 2019 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES). Learn more about our PTES results.


  • Geospatial analysis, remote sensing and environmental modelling software and computing facilities
  • Field equipment and laboratory facilities to analyse environmental samples, the River Laboratory, a micromorphology and micropalaeontology suite and a luminescence dating laboratory
  • Learning resources and libraries at Queen Mary, the University of London and other collections such as the British Library


Teaching is based at Queen Mary’s main Mile End campus, one of the largest self-contained residential campuses in the capital. Our location in the heart of London’s East End offers a rich cultural environment.

We have invested £105m in new facilities over the past five years to offer our students an exceptional learning environment. Recent developments include the £39m Graduate Centre, providing 7,700 square metres of learning and teaching space.

The campus is 15 minutes by tube from central London, where you will have access to many of the University of London’s other facilities, such as Senate House.

About the School

Geography has been taught at Queen Mary since 1894, making us one of the longest-established schools of geography in the UK. Today, we are one of the leading centres for geographical scholarship. We were ranked 11th overall for our excellence in the latest UK research rankings and fifth for the quality of our staff’s research publications (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Set in the heart of one of London’s most vibrant and diverse areas, the School is ideally placed for studying the capital’s people, places, cultures and environment, as well as being a global hub for geographical expertise. We have a culturally diverse and inclusive postgraduate community.

We pride ourselves on our close links with external partners including the Environment Agency, the Geffrye Museum of the Home, Citizens UK and Natural England.

The School of Geography received the Athena SWAN bronze award in September 2016.

Career paths

This programme will prepare you for a broad range of careers but will specifically deliver the research skills and substantive knowledge required by NGOs, development organisations, national government departments and academic research roles. Previous graduates have gone onto undertake PhDs and further professional training as humanitarian doctors. They have also worked in an environmental waste management department, in consultancy, as a trader and marketer and in management.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

There are a number of ways you can fund your postgraduate degree.

Our Advice and Counselling service offers specialist support on financial issues, which you can access as soon as you apply for a place at Queen Mary. Before you apply, you can access our funding guides and advice on managing your money:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Geography
+44 (0)20 7882 8128