International Business Economics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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International Business Economics at Aalborg University is a two-year fulltime international MSc specialization programme for Degree Students and Guest/Exchange Students. The programme leads to a Master Degree in Economics and Business Administration with specialization in International Business Economics. International Business Economics enrols both Danish and international students.


The aim of the International Business Economics programme from Aalborg University is to give the students insight into

  • Economic, political, social and cultural aspects of international business management.
  • Analysing and evaluating a company’s opportunities in the global market.
  • Translating the market and the company’s resource potential into company strategies, plans and actions.
  • Leadership and international human resource management
Practical Information
  • Full degree students begin 1 September.
  • Guest/exchange students begin 1 September or 1 February.
Job and career · International Business Economics (Economics and Business Administration) (Aalborg)

The International Business Economics Programme at Aalborg University offers individual students an opportunity to have clear-cut profiles upon graduation. This is done through encouraging students to base their study activities, (especially the semester projects) on issues of their preference.

Having a clear-cut profile strengthens students’ ability to convince future employers about their skills and competencies. Many of our students have worked towards one of the following four profiles:

  • International Marketing and Market Analysis
  • Digitalization and Global Sourcing
  • Network Relations and International Value Chain Analysis
  • Leadership, International Human Resource Development and Intercultural Competence

As an international business graduate you can pursue careers in:

  • National or international organizations (multi-national companies)
  • The private sector (large companies, banks and financial institutions or consultancies)
  • National or international research institutions and universities (e.g. a PhD programme)

Programme Structure

The two-year International Business Economics programme is divided into four semesters of five months each.

The first two semesters are devoted to studies at Aalborg University.

During the third semester, students can spend 3-5 months abroad, either as trainees in foreign companies or institutions or as exchange students at a foreign university. International students may also spend their traineeships in a company or an organisation in Denmark. In some cases, students can also choose to do a semester at another university in Denmark or within another programme at Aalborg University. Guest/exchange students cannot enrol as trainees during the third semester.

Fourth semester is devoted to the writing of the Master's thesis

1st semester
  • Module 1: Theory of Internationalisation of Companies in Institutional Contexts
  • Module 2: Cross-cultural Management and Leadership
  • Module 3: Semester Project, Business Research Methods & Theory of Science
2nd semester
  • Module 4: Managing International Business Functions
  • Module 5: ElectivesWritten examinations
  • Module 6: Semester Project
3rd semester
  • Module 7: Traineeship abroad/in Denmark, Studies abroad/in Denmark
4th semester
  • Module 8: Master’s Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 560

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A bachelor degree in Business Administration (three years) or the equivalent is required. Students with a bachelor degree in other fields plus relevant practical experience may also apply.

Or students may qualify for admission to the programme by attending a three semester (1½ years) top up bachelor degree programme in Business Economics at Aalborg University if their previous university studies qualify them to do so.

Guest/exchange students are expected to have a minimum of three years of study within the field of general business administration and, depending on which semester they apply for, some theoretical knowledge and/or relevant practical experience in international business.

Foreign students are required to pass one of the English proficiency tests accepted by Aalborg University. These are IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge ESOL.The test has to be less than two years old, otherwise it will not be accepted as valid. Danish students must have no less than a B-level in English.

You do not have to submit an English test if one of the following criteria applies to you:

  • You have a complete bachelor degree done in English from either Australia, the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, USA, New Zealand, South Africa or Canada.
  • You have a complete bachelor degree done in English from a Danish University.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 5960 International
  • Free EU/EEA

DKK 44,300


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