Coventry University: International Business Economics

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Economics, Finance and Accounting
Study type Taught


Aimed at those seeking managerial careers in finance, management or international business, the MSc International Business Economics will suit students from either an economics or more general background who wish to develop their knowledge of business economics, international economics and finance. We will give you an insight into the way institutions and business practices operate in an international context.

A distinct advantage of this course comes from our links with the Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which have informed curriculum design and delivery. Several staff have received research grants to analyse the impact of various teaching and learning activities on the study of microeconomics and economics threshold concepts, presenting their findings nationally.

We aim to provide a solid grounding in the economic theory that explains business behaviour and operations both at the level of the firm and within the global macroeconomy. Gaining hands-on experience of market-leading economics and business software packages, from Stata to Bloomberg, you should also learn to critically apply economic tools to various management problems associated with international business decision making. For example, Principle-Agent model has been applied to study widespread banking failure during the 2007 financial crisis.

Your teaching will be research-informed by staff with an international reputation for research in the areas of applied economics and finance areas, such as international business, monetary union, development economics, financial economics, financial regulation, financial derivatives and emerging markets. In the most recent national research assessment exercise, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 85% of the School’s ‘Business and Management’ research was recognised internationally, of which 13% received the highest ‘world-leading’ classification.

Key course benefits;

- Experienced staff who have worked as economic advisors.

- Faculty research expertise in Exchange Rate Equilibriums, International trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and Conflict Economics.

- Innovative, interactive teaching features business simulations and software to gain practical insights into business problems and IT solutions.

- Expert contributions by professionals from industry, sometimes our own alumni, including HM Treasury, Lloyds-TSB, Barclays and the European Commission.

- Coventry University is ranked 5th best in the UK for ‘Economics’ and 20th in the UK for ‘Business, Management and Marketing’ in the 2018 Guardian University Guide.

- Strong links with employers to ensure the course is responsive to the needs of potential employment sectors, such as the telecommunications sector (Vodafone) and the IT sector (FDM Group).

- Student-led Economics Society organises social events, visiting speakers and field trips, which in the past have included a visit to Amsterdam to visit the stock exchange (additional costs may apply).


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching ...

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