Reasons to study Business Economics and International Relations at DMU:
The course offers diversity in the range of study, from international relations theory to regional integration. Through studying international relations alongside economics, you will develop a critical awareness of the role of economic policies in shaping global issues, and gain the skills to help shape organisational responses to changes in the business and organisational environment.
- Excellent teaching quality
Learn from leading academics with international reputations for research and teaching within their specialist areas
- Study a wide variety of modules
You will gain an in-depth understanding of key global issues such as globalisation, international political economy, security, health and the role of state and non-state organisations
- No previous knowledge or experience required
You will have the opportunity to study the foundations of economics and International Relations, as well as study further challenging modules
- Learn how to apply key economic theory to industry
Acquire knowledge of economics, management and financial principles, through both practical application and relevant theory
- Work in a variety of industries
This course prepares you to take on government-based roles, as well as to work in the not-for-profit sector
Structure and assessment
This rewarding course is for graduates and professionals seeking a competitive advantage in today’s international job market. It offers diversity in the range of study, from international relations theory to regional integration. By studying business economics and international relations together, you will develop a critical awareness of the role of economic policies in shaping these global issues and help shape organisational responses to changes in the business and organisational environment.
A range of core modules underpin key business and financial principles:
- Macroeconomics in a Global Context – presents an analysis of how the macroeconomy works in a global environment that is subject to international trade and factor endowment flows. You will gain the skills to relate the theory of macroeconomics to recent world events and debate the implications of macroeconomic policy.
- Economics and Strategic Analysis – the aim of this module is for you to understand they key strategic decisions that individuals, firms ad organisations, face and the consequence of those decisions. You will also learn how to apply microeconomic models to solve current economic problems.
- Theory and Practice of International Relations –investigates the actual experience of emerging market economies (EMEs) and their contribution to the global economy. These theories are applied to discuss topics such as globalisation, growth, debt, banking, exchange rates, capital inflows and institutions. The module aims to introduce you to contemporary academic research and the issues that EMEs post to institutions and international business.
- International Trade Theory and Policy – examines the real world international policy issues, within a coherent theoretical framework. The module will present an analysis of how the international economy works, in terms of trade theory and policy. Recent developments in the world economy have raised concerns regarding the nature of the international adjustment mechanism, and the merits of free trade compared with protectionism. This module will relate the theory of international economics to recent world events, to draw out the application of the theory and allow debate on policy implications.
- Economics of Emerging Markets – investigates the actual experience of emerging market economies (EMEs) and their contribution to the global economy. These theories are applied to discuss topics such as globalization, growth, debt, banking, exchange rates, capital inflows and institutions. The module aims to introduce you to contemporary academic research and the issues that EMEs pose to institutions and international business.
- Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in finance, accounting, management and business. It also aims to help you in defining a research topic and the production of a suitable research proposal for your dissertation.
You will also select an elective module aimed at developing a specialism within the field of international relations. The module choice might include:
- Post-Cold World Order
- Decision Points: The Domestic Context of US Foreign Policy
- Britain and European Integration
Dissertation – The dissertation will give you the opportunity to produce an individual and sustained piece of original work that addresses a specific area in the field of economics and international relations. The dissertation will demonstrate your intellectual and conceptual skills through your background research and application of theoretical knowledge.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Enhance your existing qualifications and global career prospects with a specialist master’s in applied economics and international relations.
This course will provide advanced preparation for careers in policy making and organisational decision making.