Program – Master in International Relations and International Business 2019-09-25T11:40:30+02:00


This module will take a look at the regions of Latin America, MENA and Asia to give students an overview of some key contemporary global issues. 

MENA: Students will examine the fault lines and sources of tension and instability in the MENA region and then progress to a geopolitical focus on the region (alliances and rivalries and the role of regional and global actors). 

Latin America: Latin America is witnessing a surge in economic activity at a time when politics in the region has never been more interesting. The implications of this on global trade and relations is fascinating, and of central importance to understand. This section zooms in on the most salient developments in the region, their background, and their impact on how business and politics in latin America and beyond.

Contemporary India and China: It is beyond debate that China and India are of fundamental importance to the global economy, but many aspects of their geopolitics and trade policy remain misunderstood. Here students examines the practical aspects of contemporary China and India, which are essential if we are to make sense of current events and developments in the region.

This module introduces students to the main contemporary geopolitical trends and focuses on the major strategies developed by the grand powers of the international system, as well as the interplay among them and their consequences for international relations. It also aims to introduce students to modern macroeconomic analysis of economic fluctuations and growth by looking at fiscal, monetary, labour market, exchange rate and balance of payment and trade policy issues, as well as the impact of government policy on business.

The European Union is currently facing a crisis of identity and raison d’être. What are the principles that guide the EU, and what are the structures which support and facilitate their implementation? This module equips students with an understanding of the core facets of the EU and reflects on its future. It also delves into EU-US relations by looking at the nature of the ever-changing relationship between Europe and the USA, which is of fundamental importance to international relations and international business.

This module aims to introduce students to modern macroeconomic analysis of economic fluctuations and growth by looking at fiscal, monetary, labour market, exchange rate and balance of payment and trade policy issues, as well as the impact of government policy on business. We develop an understanding of how businesses and organizations design and adapt their organisational strategy to gain competitive advantage. Having the best strategic plan in the world is for nothing if the implementation goes badly. In this module we look at the crucial steps including how to manage the organisational change which comes with strategy implementation.

This module aims to introduce the critical success factors for effective verbal and nonverbal communication in the context of the workplace, both in terms of internal communication and external communication, including training students in public speaking. It looks at different negotiation and conflict resolution techniques and the various contexts they may be applied in. The course also develops students’ networking skills and expands their networking opportunities in the city of Barcelona, giving students the opportunity to put what they learn into practice.


This module will explore international business theory and practices in order to give students a strong understanding of the 21st century international business context and the challenges faced by managers in the international business situations. It will look closely at International Human Resources Management and Cross-cultural Management. The IHRM element deals with the complex world of managing expatriate assignments, and working with systems of reward, incentive, job design, recruitment and selection across a myriad of cultural complexities. Students will also consider Cross-cultural Management which is a complex area. This module does not seek to be all things to all people, rather it examines the influence of cultural factors on organizations and its management, and helps students to develop, through a reflective and interactional process, their intercultural communicative competence.

This module introduces students to financial management, looking at the company-wide impact of financial decision-making within the context of a for-profit organisation. Students will examine budget forecasting and detailed financial analysis for effective budget management. This module will demonstrate the building blocks of financial management that are essential knowledge for any corporate manager or business owner.

The objective of this module is not to become a lawyer, but to understand when you need to call one. In this module, students examine the principles of international law that those working in international business will frequently come into contact with, and learn when and how we need to consult with a legal professional.

This module covers the infrastructure for communication and the way in which it can be managed strategically, as well as the strategic role of PR in how an organisation’s message is built and communicated. It will focus on the defining of communication goals and how resources can be selected and applied to achieve these goals. Content strategies will be examined through case studies, and students will explore how other business functions come into play in an integrated communications strategy. The strategic role of PR in both the creation and management of organisational reputation and image will also be evaluated, and the course will pay particular attention to the impact of new media technologies on the world of spin, image and relationships.

This module introduces students to the guiding principles of International Trade. It starts broad by examining the setting up, developing and managing of an efficient Export Department within the context of global trade agreements, and then zooms in to the essentials of Incoterms, payment terms and the contract of sale. We are all aware of the increasing interconnections in today’s world, but to what extent are we equipped to deal with it? Students entering the business world will invariably come into contact with offshoring and outsourcing situations, which are some of the key drivers in today’s globalized world. This module helps to equip students on what is involved in handling such situations.

Total 40 ECTS + 20 ECTS for Final Thesis