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Award in International Business

Course Reference: M2.7 IB

Duration: 6 to 8 weeks

Type: *Face to Face / Live Streamed

*Fee: €500

Focus: Business and Management

The international business module offers learners the opportunity to develop a global perspective of the business environment. Exploring macroeconomic factors, learners will gain an awareness of the impact that international business has on the activities, services, products, and strategies of organisations.

Learners will be encouraged to assess internationalisation routes and to justify international business choices to expand the reach of the home country though business tools, models, and frameworks.

Our tutors have excellent experience within their field of expertise as well as the necessary academic background.

There are no exams on this programme. The method of assessment to attain this award is based on different methods such as preparing a portfolio of work, building a reflective journal, writing an assignment, and others. The assignment brief is available to you in good time so that you can organise and plan your study time accordingly week by week. You will be guided through the assessment requirements, and you will also receive ongoing feedback throughout the course of studies.

Delivery of sessions are held in the evenings (typically starting at 17:30 hours) on different weekdays and according to the timetable of the modules. There is also the possibility of a few Saturday morning sessions.

Opportunities for further studies
Upon successful completion of this Award, you can:

  • Take up the opportunity to follow other Awards in different areas of business and management, or
  • Follow the Certificate in Business and Management (30 ECTS), and
  • This Certificate programme will also lead you to further studies.

This award is designed for:

  • Adult learners who want to have an immersive learning experience in this area.
  • Working professionals, who have been working for a number of years, and who would like to acquire competencies, knowledge and skills in this area of business and management.
  • Prospective learners, who already have a Level 4 and/or a Level 5 qualification, and who would like to challenge themselves within this area of business and management, to further develop their expertise.

The entry requirements are:

  • Three MQF/EQF Level 4 individual single subject qualifications and at least 18 years of age.


  • One MQF/EQF Level 4 qualification of at least 120 ECTS, or equivalent and at least 18 years of age.


  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience and at least 24 years of age.


  • The MATSEC Matriculation Certificate. This comprises 6 subjects, and include passes in a language, a science subject, a humanistic subject, and a pass in the subject ‘Systems of Knowledge’. Two of the 6 subjects must be at an Advanced Level, three of the subjects must be at an Intermediate Level and a pass at the ‘Systems of Knowledge’ subject.
  • A pass (at least Grade 5 of better) in the Secondary Education Certificate examinations in the following subjects: English language, Mathematics, and one other subject.

Other equivalent (international) qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All learners must have proficiency in the English language (evidence of use of the English language at work, 0-level pass in the English language, English as the national language or mother tongue, or other equivalent foreign qualifications equating to Common European Framework (at B2), such as IELTS (overall score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5), Cambridge English (overall score of 169 with minimum scores of 162), TOEFL (at 72) and others).


  • Evaluate how global factors, including macroeconomics, influence organisations in different international contexts
  • Assess the implications of information communication technologies (ICT) on organizational efforts towards internationalisation
  • Select appropriate strategies for an organisation to develop a broader, more global, presence
    Present a considered argument for or against a specific route towards operating outside the boarders of the home country


  • Theoretical knowledge (such as trading blocs policies and directives) to assess the impact of international business on organisations
  • Domestic and global policies (including government policies)
  • A range of business assessment tools, models, and frameworks at macro-level, industry-level, corporate-level, business-level, product-level and management-level
  • The four routes of internalization: export, licensing, joint venture and FDI (foreign direct investment)


Applying knowledge and understanding

  • Consider the advantages and disadvantages of international trade and its effect on domestic products and services
  • Select appropriate tools, models, and frameworks to accurately assess the feasibility of operating outside the borders of the home country
  • Explore the 4 routes of internationalisation within a business context
  • Comparatively assess an organisation’s advantages and disadvantages in pursuing international expansion

Judgement skills and critical abilities

  • Justify choice of route/s for operating outside the borders of the home country

Module specific communication skills

  • Use relevant and appropriate terminology when discussing and exchanging views in a business context
  • Communicate and articulate their ideas clearly in writing and orally

Module specific learner skills

  • Discuss the effects of the global economy on organisations
  • Discuss the opportunities and challenges for an organisation to go global
  • Appropriately and accurately apply the Harvard referencing system
  • Acknowledge all sources of information
  • Individually carry out further research in this area

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences

  • Search, gather, communicate and share related information using digital resources
  • Identify reliable, authoritative, and current digital sources

Accreditation Status Approved Higher Education Programme
Level of Qualification MQF / EQF Level 5
Mode of Delivery Traditional / Face-to-Face Learning / Live Streamed
Hours of Learning Contact Hours: 20 / Self-Study Hours: 62 / Assessment Hours: 18 / Total Hours: 100
Credits 4 ECTS
Study mode Work based programme delivered in the evenings and some Saturdays.
Language of instruction English
Programme Delivered Malta Business School, Level 3, Sean Building, Psaila Street Birkirara BKR1908, Malta
Mode of assessment Assessed pieces of work (no exam)
Teaching and Learning Approach At MBS our teaching and learning approach is based on adult learning principles and is unreservedly participant centred and experiential in nature.  Participants are expected to contribute in group work and discussions and actively participate during sessions.
Grading System as approved by MFHEA Fail, Pass, Merit and Distinction
Pass Rate NA
Date of Next Intake To be announced
Mode of Attendance Full-time or Part-time studies – Talk to us for more details.
Registration Send us your CV for review and without obligation so that we can check your eligibility for this programme.
Visa Requirements Third Country Nationals are advised to read VISA requirements from here
Progression Pathways Successful learners who achieve this Award might want to join the Certificate in Business and Management programme, the Diploma in Business and Management programme, the Higher Diploma in Business and Management programme, and the Bachelor in Business and Management programme. Talk to us so that we will guide you accordingly.

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