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MSc International Business Economics

The Business School has an experienced team of staff, made up of academically and professionally qualified lecturers with relevant industrial experience and wide research interests.

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Dr Jun Hou - Programme Leader

Dr Jun Hou - Programme Leader

Jun Hou is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Lincoln International Business School. Jun was previously a research officer (Post-doc) at the Department of International Development (QEH), University of Oxford. He engaged in several EC and ESRC funded projects, focusing on MNEs, FDI, innovation and development issues in developing countries. Jun also worked in several international organisations including the Overseas Development Institute, London (ODI) and The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Welcome to MSc International Business Economics

Understanding international business provides a context for identifying opportunities and analysing risks inherent in the global environment. MSc International Business Economics is designed for those who have a solid background in business and management studies and want to expand that knowledge internationally with a clear focus on economics.

The programme provides a grounding in aspects of quantitative methods, business economics, the international business environment, the multinational enterprise, and the international macro financial environment. Combining international business and applied economics provides students with a solid foundation for work within international organisations or as an applied/business economist.

Students have the opportunity to incorporate research themes of economics and international finance into their research projects and independent studies. Indeed, this could provide a route to more advanced study at doctoral level for promising candidates.

How You Study

Learning and teaching methods can include lectures, seminars, practicals, computer-based lab-classes, and independent study. These will vary according to the subject matter and module.

First term modules:
- Business Economics
- Finance and Accounting
- Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance I
- Understanding International Business

Second term modules:
- Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance II
- The Multinational Enterprise in Context
- International Macroeconomics and Finance
- One optional module

Optional modules:
- Global Procurement and Supply Strategy
- International Entrepreneurship
- Social Entrepreneurship

Optional modules will run as long as at least ten students select them. Timetabling arrangements may limit the availability of some modules. As the options reflect staff research interests, they may change over time due.

In addition, students are expected to undertake the following compulsory elements:

- Research Methods and Design
- Dissertation

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study. Hours of study may vary from term to term for both full and part-time students and can be spread throughout the week.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least four to five hours in independent study. Part-time students will complete the programme within two years. The programme structure for part-time study will be at the discretion of the Programme Leader. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Business Economics 2021-22ECO9203MLevel 72021-22Students have the chance to explore issues relating to industrial organisation, including competition policy and merger activity. Beyond this, the module explores how the State guides resources and might inject competition into a public sector industry, by introducing quasi markets.CoreDissertation and Research Design for Finance 2021-22FIN9105MLevel 72021-22The dissertation provides the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on the aspects relating to their Master's programme. The vehicle will be the researching and writing of a dissertation, based on the methods delivered in the pre-requisite QM modules modules. The dissertation is the capstone of the Master's learning process, and allows the student to demonstrate mastery in scholarship of a programme related topic that they have selected in amalgamation with supervisory tutors.CoreFinance and accounting 2021-22ACC9011MLevel 72021-22This module is designed to introduce concepts and techniques for costing and break-even analysis and brings in the notion of pricing from a larger viewpoint in the market as well as from a strategic management view. Later, the module aims to cover the topics of financial analysis, budgeting and planning, and the sources of finance.CoreInternational Macroeconomics and Finance 2021-22FIN9026MLevel 72021-22This module equips students with an in-depth and applied-oriented understanding of theoretical and empirical problems addressed in the field known as International Finance (also known as International Macroeconomics / Open Macroeconomics) and to bring students up to the research frontier in International Finance. It draws heavily on financial modelling and financial econometrics.CoreQuantitative Methods for Economics and Finance I 2021-22FIN9027MLevel 72021-22This module provides students with an opportunity to develop their understanding relating to the background of statistical methods for primary research. Students will engage with statistical software, such as SPSS and Eviews, to apply quantitative analytical techniques to sets of data.CoreQuantitative Methods for Economics and Finance II 2021-22FIN9028MLevel 72021-22The aim of this module is to build on the work in Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance I while focusing on specific quantitative analytical techniques. The models examined are: Dynamic, ARIMA, GARCH, VAR and ECM, among others. The EViews statistical software and the DATASTREAM data provider are essential to the learning objectives and assessment of the module.CoreThe Multinational Enterprise in Context 2021-22ECO9001MLevel 72021-22Students explore the historical development of foreign direct investment activity. This gives them an opportunity to understand the main advantages to be gained from firms engaging further in international business activities as well as understand the workings of a global enterprise in a dynamic world economy.CoreUnderstanding International Business 2021-22BUS9032MLevel 72021-22Understanding International Business is a core module for MSc International Business students. Successful completion will assist you to understand the general environment of international business, setting up country selection criteria and country evaluation in the context of international business. It will also develop your skill to conduct basic research and professional report preparation.CoreCommunity Organisation, Sustainability and Development 2021-22BUS9028MLevel 72021-22This module aims to introduce students to a range of non-traditional business models and to challenge established expectations and norms about business ethics, motivations, value-systems and practices. The module presents the notion that enterprises can operate due to motives other than profit-maximisation and that Social Purpose Organisations can exist to fulfil social functions using business models to create an alternative basis for sustainability and development. Students are challenged to think critically about these forms of organisation and their impact on societies (positive and negative). Students are also challenged to consider how issues such as performance management can translate into the operations of community enterprises.OptionalGlobal Procurement and Supply Strategy 2021-22LOG9705MLevel 72021-22In order to ensure organisational success, we must seek to manage relationships with upstream and downstream suppliers and customers to deliver increased customer value at less cost to the supply chain overall. It is often argued that an organisation is only as a good as its supply chain and that the global supply chain can be a key source of competitive advantage. In the age of globalisation, many organisations are only as good as their global supply chains. Global supply chains give the organisation access to strategic resources and enable them to compete in global markets. Procurement and Supply Chain Management as a discipline has changed considerably in many companies and organisations in the recent past. Considering the amount of money generally involved in the preparation and execution of procurement and supply decisions, this is not a surprise and it has been argued that an effective and efficient operating purchasing and supply function can make an important contribution to company results and also add significant value. Traditionally, the procurement department has acted as the intermediary which negotiates the agreements and contracts with suppliers and subsequently monitors their compliance to those agreements. However, this traditional role is changing rapidly and procurement and supply chain managers are assuming more strategic roles within organisations, focused on achieving better performance from suppliers though approaches such as more active management of supplier relationships.OptionalInternational Entrepreneurship 2021-22BUS9024MLevel 72021-22Entrepreneurship is an essential skillset in the development at global level of new and existing businesses, social enterprises, and more broadly societies and their economies. Enterprise is defined as the application of creative ideas and innovations to practical situations, combining creativity, ideas development, and problem-solving with expression, communication, and practical action. Entrepreneurship is the application of enterprise skills to creating and growing organisations in an international context in order to identify and build on opportunities. This module draws on the latest UK QAA Guidance on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education and aims to develop, at an international level, enterprise awareness, an entrepreneurial mindset, and entrepreneurial capability, which can lead to entrepreneurial effectiveness which can be applied in a range of contexts.OptionalLincoln Student Managed Investment Fund - Masters 2021-22FIN9106MLevel 72021-22Initiated from 2015 and officially founded in 2018, the LSMIF is set up with a structure similar to any other professionally run fund management company with students running every aspect of the fund, from CEO to analyst. It is one of only few of this kind in the United Kingdom. The fund uses money raised from donors to invest in shares of companies listed on London Stock Exchange. It is organized, run and managed the same way as an investment company in the real world. The fund has got sponsorship and advisory support from UK leading wealth management companies such as Brewin Dolphin and Mattioli Woods with senior officers from them joining the Board of Advisors. This fund gives students the opportunity to work as analysts, investment managers, CFO, CIO, CEO etc. Students also have the chances to meet, discuss and learn from experts in the field in Quarterly Investment Committee Meetings series. Students are given additional training relating to their works.Optional

How you are assessed

Exams are a key element of the course. Examinations may be in the format of:

- Unseen open or closed book exams
- Essays
- Short answer and/or multiple choice questions or diagrams

Dissertations, exercises, oral presentations, and in-class tests will also be used as methods of assessment.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

This course is now closed for new international applicants for October 2021 entry.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

First or second class honours degree. Students from quantitative social sciences, engineering and IT backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Students are expected to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of mathematics and statistics.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Research at Lincoln International Business School

At Lincoln International Business School, our aim is to deliver excellent research which benefits businesses and policy-makers while at the same time deepening understanding and contributing to our teaching.

To do so we engage actively with a wide array of collaborative partners drawn from other universities, business, non-profit, government, and non-government organisations across the world.

Our research is organised primarily around six research groups which draw together staff from across disciplinary boundaries within the School. These groups are:

  • Community Organisation Research Group
  • Regional and Rural Enterprise Research Group
  • Marketing and Supply Chain Research Group
  • Responsible Management Research Group
  • Visitor Economy Research Group
  • Lincoln Economics and Finance Research Group

To find out more, please visit Lincoln International Business School research pages.

Industry Expertise

Lincoln International Business School has an experienced team of staff, which is made up of academically and professionally qualified lecturers with relevant industrial experience and finance experts with wide research interests.

The Business School hosts a series of visiting speakers each year. As part of the School, students will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts. Previous speakers have included representatives from organisations such as Deloitte, Santander, HSBC, Innocent, The Institute of Internal Auditors and Sir David Tweedie (ex-Chairman of the IASB).

Students also have the chance to build their skills and knowledge further with extra-curricular activities such as joining a society, volunteering or becoming a Student Ambassador.

100 Funded Field Trip Places

As part of your global education at the Lincoln International Business School, we are offering students the opportunity to undertake funded international trips to exciting overseas destinations. Postgraduate students have the opportunity to travel to destinations in the UK, Europe, the USA, and the United Arab Emirates.

These field trips combine academic study with first-hand experiences of language, culture, and industry, allowing you to put theory into practice. We've designed themes specifically for postgraduate students that align with learning areas such as Industry (4.0), Financial Services, and Visitor Economy.

Find out more about our 100 funded field trip places for students.

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Career and Personal Development

MSc International Business Economics is designed to help students develop a set of skills and subject knowledge to compete effectively in the domestic and international labour markets as a professional economist.

Future career opportunities include roles in government, international organisations, banks, or private sectors such as economic consultancies. The advanced and quantitative aspects of the programme also equip students with a solid foundation for research-oriented roles at research institutions or progressing to PhD programmes.

Working in Partnership

Lincoln International Business School works with students and organisations to enhance the contribution of business to society. For students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge to improve their career readiness.

The University of Lincoln is a member of AACSB, a global nonprofit association connecting educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Find out more.

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Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.