MSc in International Business Development


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Programme Description

Accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles

The MSc in International Business Development welcomes recent graduates from any academic background or professionals willing to improve their core global business skills and gain cutting-edge practical knowledge in the technical field of International Trade. This specialized program is designed for students who wish to add international business skills to their engineering, scientific or general business background. The ICD faculty share first-hand experience from working and living around the world.

A Unique MSc in International Business Development

  • Focus on strong technical skills in international trade
  • A simultaneous focus on soft skills and intercultural aspects for enhanced business development abilities
  • Learn global strategies and focus on specific cases: Europe, China, India, etc.
  • The ICD atmosphere: experiential learning in small-sized groups, considerable art and cultural awareness


Business Immersion Week

The Business Immersion Week is a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge of international business markets and enhance your soft skills such as networking, negotiation, cultural sensitivity and leadership. Students will go on company visits, talk with business experts and gain an overview of how business is done in these international companies.

  • Company Visits
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Conferences
  • Meet entrepreneurs
  • Networking opportunities

Business Game & Corporate Strategy

The Business Game simulates a real business environment and allows students to run their own virtual businesses and compete against each other in order to gain market share. Students are able to practice their business and decision-making skills, improve their understanding and knowledge of the complexity of global business operations in a dynamic and competitive environment.

Professional Development Support

Our Corporate Relations and Career department helps students develop professional soft skills and allows students and alumni to plan, manage and achieve their professional goals in partnerships with companies that seek out top talent.

  • Proactive corporate relation services
  • Career Coaching Workshops
  • Enterprise Career Day
  • Alumni network

Careers and Placement

The MSc in International Business Development leads to careers in a wide range of fields such as business development, export area management, international retailing, purchasing, strategic business development in consulting agencies and international business unit management. Typical functions include: international business development manager, export manager, import manager, international sales manager. According to our last placement survey:

  • 63% of Master’s students found employment before completing their program
  • 92% found employment within 6 months of completing their program


Mastering fundamental and advanced skills in international trade

  • International Marketing Strategies
  • Export Techniques
  • International Product Launch
  • Managing Risks in an Unstable World

Adapting to the constraints of multicultural contexts

  • Globalization and Emerging Markets
  • Intercultural Management
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Negotiation Techniques

Building strategies to develop new business

  • Innovation Process
  • A Business-Plan for Launching Products
  • Blue Ocean Strategy Simulation (BOSS)
  • Change Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Start-Up)

Dealing with administrative and legal constraints in international exchanges

  • Challenges in Intellectual Property Rights
  • Contract Law (B2B and B2C)
  • Customs Duties and Trade Barriers to Internationalisation

Mastering the tools to ensure the success of international organizations

  • International Corporate Finance
  • International Global Supply Chain
  • International HR Management
  • International Corporate Taxes
  • Management of Information System
  • Global Business in Practice (Georgetown University)

Soft skills and communication development program

  • Advanced Business English
  • Soft Skills Development Programme

Conducting research activities and enhancing writing skills

  • Research Methodology Workshops
  • Dissertation Individual Supervision
  • MSc dissertation & internship: presenting results in writing and in the oral defence
  • Masters Dissertation: presenting results in writing and defence


Submit the Application File in English

Mandatory documents:

  • Completed application form
  • CV
  • Scanned copy of your passport/visa
  • Highest degree certification and certificate of current studies
  • Transcript of your current studies
  • English language certificate (IELTS ≥ 6.5 / TOEFL ≥ 550 or equivalent)
  • An application fee of 125 euros is payable when you submit your application


  • As soon as your application file is registered, you will receive an email from ICD in order to schedule an interview

Final Decision

It takes up to 2 weeks following the interview for a decision to be made. An admission letter will be sent by email from ICD once the candidate is admitted. Applicants will be judged on their application file and their interview.

Practical Information

  • Duration: 3 semesters (2 semesters in Paris and a 1-semester internship)
  • Location: Paris, Toulouse
  • Degree level: Master of Science
  • Credits: 90 ECTS
  • Language: English
  • Format: Full Time

DNA of the ICD MSc Programs

  • The programs’ high level of expertise in each field under the supervision of ICD International Scholars
  • An experiential learning approach combining strong academic content and immersion in real-life projects (immersion weeks, projects, business games, hackathons, etc.)
  • Individual coaching and supporting students in their career projects as well as identifying internship opportunities.
  • A multicultural environment in the classroom, on campus and in French business and cultural life
Last updated Jun 2019

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