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The Fast-Track MBA

Designed for busy working professionals, this fully online MBA course is highly flexible and delivered with interactive, bite-sized content and personalised student support.

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Subject Summary

Dive into the world of global markets with AIB’s International Business MBA subject. This course is designed to enhance your ability to manage and lead across borders, making it essential for any forward-thinking business leader. It focuses on how multinational and born global firms including small businesses operate as well as the impact of both formal and informal institutions on business outcomes. It also explores the role that governments play in conducting trade agreements at country-level including the role of international bodies like the World Trade Organisation.

In today’s connected world, it’s vital to understand the complexities of international trade and how organisations can effectively compete globally. International Business at AIB arms you with the insights needed to secure your organisation’s competitive advantage internationally. You’ll learn to analyse international market trends and develop global strategies that use your company’s strengths to succeed overseas.

Throughout the subject, you will explore how to assess global opportunities and build strategies that help your company stand out in international markets. The course content includes practical case studies and real-world examples that highlight the challenges and opportunities in global business today. By the end of this subject, you’ll be equipped to design and implement effective international strategies, setting your organisation up for success in the global economy. You’ll be ready to make informed decisions that drive your organisation forward, prepared to lead confidently in the international business landscape.

AIB Subject Code9004IB
QualificationsMBA (General)
MBA (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
AQF LevelLevel 9
Delivery100% online
Subject Length8 weeks
Prerequisite SubjectsNone
Start Dates2024 MBA Timetable
2025 MBA Timetable

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Subject Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary International Business theories, concepts and principles, and their application in practice.
  • Critically evaluate the role and impact of country-level macro environment and institutions to make appropriate recommendations for a business operating internationally.
  • Critically evaluate various international strategies and entry modes and make appropriate recommendations for a business operating internationally.
  • Plan and effectively communicate a relevant and evidence-based international business activity for an organisation with ethical considerations.
Key Topics
  • Globalisation today
  • The role and impact of formal and informal institutions on international business
  • Internationalisation theory and practice
  • Global strategy
  • Entering foreign markets
  • Contemporary issues impacting international business


In International Business, students are evaluated through two assessments designed to deepen their strategic and practical understanding of international business principles. The first involves preparing a report that critically analyses the macro environment of a sanctioned foreign market and its implications for their chosen organisation. The second assessment involves preparing a presentation and extended abstract, based on a case study concerning the international operations of a specific company.

Thinking back, I most enjoyed the International Business subject. It was not something that I could just pick up from random online readings, so it was really valuable to learn about it in an online class environment. It has provided me with an understanding of why the logistic and supply chain industry is how they are today, especially post COVID.

How you will learn

100% Online MBA Learning

Our innovative Student Learning Portal is your ultimate digital resource for everything you’ll need to successfully complete this subject and your online MBA, with the flexibility to access your learning materials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia on any device. You’ll engage with fellow students and have key concepts explained by your Online Facilitators in webinars and forums.


In addition to the Student Learning Portal, the myAIB app allows you to download modules and full subjects to view offline to save your cellular data, receive notifications for assessments and webinars, listen to audio versions of modules through Soundcloud and enjoy many other useful features.

The myAIB learning portal app is available on Google play and on the Apple app store.

AIB supports your success

When you study with AIB, you’ll be supported by our skilful team of over 180 academic, student support and professional staff, who will be with you every step of your MBA journey.

Student Learning Portal

  • Our innovative Student Learning Portal provides all the resources and support you’ll need to successfully complete your MBA studies


  • Highly qualified and experienced academics
  • Practice-centric curricula, innovative learning resources and realistic assessment techniques

Study Tools

  • Access to tools you’ll need to successfully complete your degree and excel in your career including Office 365, LinkedIn Learning, Scite_, GrammarlyEDU and Endnote

Student Support

  • Dedicated student and enrolment teams
  • Supporting you with any issues big or small from orientation to graduation

Online Facilitators

  • Each class has a dedicated Facilitator (OLF) and a limit of just 50 students to ensure you’ll benefit from high levels of interaction, relationship building and learning

Wellbeing and career support

  • Access to a confidential support service providing personal counselling, wellbeing advice and career assistance

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What will I learn in the International Business subject?

In the International Business subject, you will explore the complexities of operating across international borders. You will learn about the strategic approaches multinational firms use to navigate global markets, including how they adapt to various political, economic, and cultural environments. The course covers international trade theories, global market assessment, and the strategic roles of formal and informal institutions. Additionally, we focus on developing skills for creating competitive advantages and sustainable international business strategies.

How does the subject prepare me for leadership in international business?

The International Business subject prepares you by focusing on strategic, adaptable and innovative practices essential for today’s global business leaders. You will gain the skills to effectively manage and expand business operations internationally, understand global market dynamics, and make strategic decisions that enhance organizational competitiveness. The course emphasizes leadership development, equipping you with the tools to lead diverse teams and drive business growth in different cultural and regulatory landscapes.

What are the key challenges in international business that the subject addresses?

This subject addresses key challenges such as navigating complex global markets, dealing with international trade regulations, and overcoming cultural and economic differences. You will explore strategies for managing these challenges, ensuring that your business can adapt and thrive in the global marketplace. The course also delves into the strategic planning necessary to enter new markets and sustain competitive advantage through effective international operations.

Can the International Business subject benefit professionals in industries outside of traditional multinational corporations?

Absolutely. While multinational corporations are a primary focus, the principles and strategies taught in the subject are applicable across various sectors, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), startups, and non-profits that are looking to expand internationally. Any professional involved in or preparing for international trade, global marketing, or cross-border operations will find valuable insights and strategies in this subject to enhance their organisational impact and drive strategic advantages in their respective fields.

How is the subject structured and delivered?

International Business is delivered over eight weeks of structured learning. Weekly online webinars are hosted with your online class and led by Online Learning Facilitators who facilitate interactive discussions on international business topics, case studies and application of concepts within organisations. Contribution in live webinars enables you to learn not only from the learning material and facilitator, but from the experiences and viewpoints of fellow professionals studying alongside you. Don’t worry if you can’t make all the live webinars though – they’re recorded, so you can watch at any time. The subject includes two assessments – one due mid-way through the subject and the other at the end.

How do I apply to study International Business at AIB?

To apply for the International Business subject as part of your MBA at AIB, get in touch with an AIB Advisor. They can guide you through the application process, help you understand the requirements, and ensure that the subject fits your career goals and educational needs.

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