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Master of Contemporary International Studies

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

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The Master of Contemporary International Studies (MCIS) aims to shape students’ attitudes and thinking. You will learn how to transform, design and critically appraise business practices from sustainable development perspectives.

The MCIS is designed to prepare students who are interested in international business, international relations and sustainable development. The programme suite of papers exposes students to a high level of academic inquiry.

Concepts, methodologies and insights from different disciplines provide a truly unique framework for critical analysis and the evaluation of business operations. Graduates will be able to identify and understand critical elements of a particular management research problem, design and execute independent scholarly and/or applied research, and suggest recommendations to a wide variety of stakeholders.

Career Opportunities

Educational outcome - Further doctoral study

Professional outcome - Key managerial skills: leadership, planning and organisation, analysis and decision-making, teamwork, integrity. Careers at supervisory and management levels where an understanding of international business, trade, politics and environmental, social and cultural sensitivity is required.

Programme Structure

PDCIS - 5 double-credit papers, 2 of which are compulsory: Research Methods and Resource Management

MCIS RESEARCH YEAR - Followed by one further year of research. Either a 60 credit research report and one further double-credit paper or a 90 credit research thesis


Highly skilled graduates are sought after in a wide variety of industries. A postgraduate qualification will open up a wider range of high level career opportunities in the following areas.


  • Specialist
  • Executive
  • Supervisor
  • Team Coach
  • Manager
  • Team Leader


  • Marketing Professional (Specialist, Executive, Manager)
  • Project Manager (Executive/coordinator)
  • Digital Marketing (Specialist, Executive, Manager)
  • Digital Business & Digital Enterprise Professionals (Executive, Supervisor, Manager)
  • HR Executive (Professionals, Managers)
  • Logistics & Distribution Professionals
  • Building & Construction Professionals (Executive, Supervisor, Manager)
  • Sales or Retail Manager (any industry)
  • Human Resource (Executive, Consultant, Manager)
  • Public Relations (Specialist, Executive, Professional, Managers)
  • ICT Sales (Professionals, Executive, Managers, BDM)
  • Work Force Professionals and Call Centre (Supervisor, Manager)
  • Education Professionals (Executive, Specialist, Manager)
  • Regional Education (Expert, Executive, Manager)
  • Management Professionals (Business & Admin)
  • Research Executive (Analyst, Specialist, Manager)
  • Advertising and Public Relations (Executive, Manager)
  • International Relations (Executive, Coordinator Manager)
  • Financial & Accounting Professionals
  • ICT Project (Executive, coordinator, Manager)
  • Business Development Manager (any industry)
  • Communications Professional (Executive, Specialist, Manager)
  • Highway Management & Quantitative Surveying Professionals (Executive, Supervisor, Manager, Specialist)

Entry criteria

  • Prior undergraduate degree with a minimum 50% grade average or better
  • Completion of PDIS with a B average.
  • Evidence of English proficiency, equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0


Students may not have previous knowledge in the specialty areas. Nonetheless they are expected to be able to function successfully using essay writing and research skills they have acquired from their Bachelor’s degree.

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