International Business and Politics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 13.6 k / Year(s)  
201–250 place StudyQA ranking:9277 Duration:24 months


By understanding the international, political, economic and to some extend legal dynamics that shape the world we live in, you are able to critically analyse and understand political and business dynamics and how they influence each other.

The integration between business, politics and law
The integration of international business and politics is central to the programme, but it also covers key aspects of international law.

You learn about international businesses, national and international political institutions and NGOs and how these different actors cooperate, compete and influence each other in an international environment. You learn to navigate and analyse the grey areas between international business, international law and national, regional and international political systems in order to understand contemporary changes in world society. You gain knowledge of political institutions and how they create, adjust and limit markets nationally as well as internationally. These regulations affect companies as well as they themselves affect political decisions and the political environment. You are provided with the qualifications to understand and analyse these types of interactions.

Possibilities for action in the world society
The programme offers you an in depth understanding of how political institutions, businesses and NGOs act in a complex world, what their possibilities for action are, and how they handle problems that arise. You get knowledge and an understanding of specific contemporary issues and problems, such as the role of public-private partnerships in addressing environmental, social, and human rights problems around the world, the role of business in civil wars and other situations of conflict, and the problems and challenges of creating international business standards, for instance concerning accounting and corporate governance.

International business strategies
The internationalisation of business and strategies of transnational companies are in focus with emphasis on their internal management, their international strategies and relations to political institutions. You will learn to contribute to international business strategies, while taking societal issues into account. An example could be to analyse the political, economic and legal challenges in the energy market before creating a strategy for a company within the energy sector.

What gets you the job?
In this programme you gain an international perspective and understanding of the practical problems that international organisations face within the areas of international business, politics and law.

You gain strong analytical competencies, based among other things on the ability to identify and analyse political, economic, and to some extent legal aspects of problems. The knowledge gained and the strong analytical proficiency is an important asset in future careers.

Career opportunities
The career opportunities are broad and graduates pursue careers within many different areas. With an MSc in International Business and Politics you can for example pursue a career within international businesses, consulting companies, interest organisations, NGOs, and public organisations such as ministries, the EU, or the UN system. Some IBP graduates have also started their own companies.

International Business and Politics is a two-year master programme that is divided into 4 semesters. The autumn semester runs from September through November with exams in December and January; and the spring semester from February through April with exams in May and June.

The first year consists of eight mandatory courses and three specialisation courses. The specialisation courses can be chosen freely from the pool of courses offered by the three profiles. For instance one course from each profile or two courses from one profile and one course from another. If you choose at least two courses from one profile you will obtain a specialisation in this profile on your diploma.

The three profiles are:

* International Business (IB)
* International Political Economy (IPE)
* Law (LAW)

The second year consists of elective courses and the master thesis.

Additional Options

You have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester at one of CBS partner universities.


You have the opportunity to do an internship and get credits transferred to you master degree. Since it is not possible to get a full semester credit transferred for your internship, you have the opportunity to write a free paper in order to complete the semester.


When studying International Business and Politics, you can apply to the CEMS MIM programme, which is a double degree in Interntional Management. It provides you with both the MSc degree and the CEMS in International Management.

Course Overview
1. Semester

* International Business Strategy (7.5 ECTS)

* Fundamentals of International Economic Law (7.5 ECTS)

* International Political Economy: Advanced Theory and Institutions (7.5 ECTS)

* Interdisciplinary Case-Based Course in International Business and Politics (7.5 ECTS)

2. Semester

* Scientific Methods in Practice (7.5 ECTS)

* 3 Specialisation courses (22,5 ECTS) *
* (Courses are chosen during the first semester)

3. Semester

* Electives or Echange or CEMS (30 ECTS)

4. Semester

* Master Thesis (30 ECTS)

* You can choose freely from the different courses, but if you choose at least two courses from one profile you will obtain a specialisation in this profile on your diploma.
The IBP Study Board can set numerical limitations on the number of students in a stream course, but all students are entitled to three stream courses.

You must pick three of the following courses within the different profiles:

International Business Profile:

* Economics of Global Strategy
* Managing People in Multinational Corporations

International Political Economy Profile:

* Topics in International Political Economy
* Research Seminar in International Political Economy
* Research Seminar 2 in International Political Economy

Law Profile:

* Theories of International Law and Politics
* Business Responsibilities for Human Rights.

You are qualified for (but not guaranteed) admission to this programme if you:A) fulfill the specific entry requirements, andB) fulfil the language requirement, andC) fulfil the general entry requirement of having an academic bachelor degree within the social sciencesSelection criteriaThe programme has a limited number of places. If there are more applicants fulfilling the entry requirements than places available, a selection among qualified applicants will take place. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 577 TOEFL iBT® test: 91

CBS welcomes scholarship applications from graduate applicants, who come from countries outside of EU/EEA and need a student residence permit to study at CBS, regardless of gender, age, nationality and religion - we are interested in your motivation and your academic background.


Each scholarship consists of a tuition fee waiver and a monthly scholarship of DKK 5,500 to cover living costs in Denmark (the equivalent of SU, the State Educational Grant given to Danish students). The grant is paid out in advance every month and has a maximum duration of 22 months, starting 1 September the year you are accepted. The grant is taxable in Denmark according to the rules and regulations governing income from grants and tax exemption for developing countries.

In 2012 CBS offered 25 scholarships.


You may be considered for a scholarship if you:

* are a non-EU/EEA citizen
* need a student residence permit to study at CBS
* apply online at Admission Flow by 1 February, 12 noon
* upload documentation and a motivational essay by 1 February, 12 noon

Students who receive a CBS scholarship may not receive a scholarship from their home country and are not entitled to SU (Danish State Educational Grant) or any other type of public support in Denmark.

To keep receiving the scholarship, recipients must be active students throughout the prescribed duration of their studies at CBS.


If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must apply for admission no later than 1 February 12 noon - no matter if you are a Group A or a Group B applicant at Admission Flow.

When you apply for admission you must indicate that you wish to be considered for a scholarship and you are to upload a motivational essay. A selection committee will make a recommendation to the CBS President, who will make the final decision as to which applicants will be offered a scholarship.

Applicants who are offered a scholarship will be notified of this by 1 March at the latest via Admission Flow. If you are offered a scholarship, you have until 15 March 12 noon to accept the scholarship.


Since 2000 CBS has been accredited by EQUIS, and since 2007 also by AMBA. August 1st 2011 CBS received accreditation by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) as the first school in Scandinavia. CBS has thus acquired 'The Triple Crown', an acknowledgement only shared by around 50 business schools worldwide. These schools all belong the the absolute top business schools and include schools such as INSEAD, London Business School, IMD, and Rotterdam School of Management.

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