The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach, synthesizing methods of international business environment analysis with theories concerning internationalization and strategic management of multinational corporations. This also includes an understanding of the legal framework affecting international trade and foreign direct investment. It has its foundation in both international business studies as well as economic geography, making the program unique in the area of international management.
The International Business and Trade programme at the University of Gothenburg gives you a distinctive combination of training and knowledge about the functioning of multinational companies in the global economy. This is viewed from a business perspective and supported by a profound legal understanding concerning international trade. During the programme, deep insights are accumulated concerning different industries and countries through courses that enhance the individual analysis capability and give valuable skills and understanding concerning project team work. Furthermore, the programme provides opportunities for field work in an international environment and studies at designated universities abroad.
The teaching is carried out with a strong emphasis on real world examples and case studies from global manufacturing and service companies that are found in both Western and emerging market contexts. Many of the case studies and project assignments are implemented in close cooperation with established multinational corporations as well as internationalizing small and medium sized firms. The programme is especially designed for students who plan a future career in international companies, e.g., in marketing, purchasing, exports and strategic management. The programme is also aimed at students who wish to specialize in trade policy and/or trade promotion in international organizations, or national government institutions.
After graduating from the International Business and Trade programme you can enter a variety of professions. You can work as a brand manager, purchasing buyer, management consultant, sales and business developer or account manager. A career at international organizations is also usual for our graduates.
Within six months of graduation from the International Business and Trade programme, 80% of our students had employment or had continued with further studies.
The programme consists of 60 credits core courses, 30 credits elective courses from other Master's programmes at Graduate School and a 30 credits Master Degree project. The elective courses can for example be within management, marketing, innovation and logistics. The elective courses may vary from year to year.
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The applicant must have been awarded a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university and be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS. The level of English must be equivalent to English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School. The applicant's university education must also include a minimum of 60 higher education credits (hec) in one of the following subject areas: Business Administration, Economics, Economic Geography or Economic History. In addition the education must include a minimum of 15 hec in Statistics, or 7.5 hec in Statistics and 7.5 hec in quantitative methods and/or Mathematics.
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