This course contains a unique blend of modules which contribute to your understanding of the global business environment and equip you with the skills required to succeed within it.

Study International Business Management at Aberdeen Business School - Robert Gordon University

You will gain an appreciation of the various social, cultural, economic and legal complexities which face managers working within the highly competitive international environment, and develop an understanding of the strategies of multi-national corporations.

On this course, you will have the chance to study abroad in either Years 2 or 3, providing you with the opportunity to experience another country, earn credits towards your studies and meet new people from all over the world.

You will also have the opportunity to experience student life at one of our 170 partner institutions worldwide and the opportunity to gain work experience within a multi-national organisation either locally or overseas.

We offer a range of CV enhancing extra-curricular activities throughout the course.

Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

N120

Course Dates

September
January (For international fee paying students only)

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

Aberdeen Business School

Overview

Year 1

You will be introduced to the key business functions of Marketing, Finance, Accounting and Human Resource Management in Year 1. Through studying a range of modules you will develop the intellectual and practical skills you will need through your degree.

Year 2

In this year, you can choose whether to continue studying at RGU or spend either Semester 1 or 2 studying abroad. Modules studied in this year build on the foundation business functions learned in Year 1.

Year 3

In Year 3 you have three options, a placement route, a taught route at RGU, or the ‘Connect to Business’ route, offering you flexibility to tailor your study to your own interests and career aspirations.

Year 4

Year 4 is the pinnacle of your course, where you will study core modules in contemporary areas including Business Strategy, Innovation, Corporate Ethics and Global Leadership. In addition you will undertake a significant piece of independent research in the form of an internationally focused thesis. 


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • The Financial Environment
  • Marketing
  • Business Perspectives
    Semester 2
  • Introductory Economics
  • People Management
  • Introduction To Management Accounting
  • International Management
  • Year 2 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Students choosing to follow Route A will spend Semester 1 of Stage 2 studying at Aberdeen Business School
  • Operations Management
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Business Ideas And Opportunities
  • Work and Organisational Behaviour
    Route B - Students choosing to follow Route B will spend Semester 1 of Stage 2 with a partner University abroad as part of an exchange programme
  • Study Abroad 1
  • Study Abroad 2
  • Study Abroad 3
  • Study Abroad 4
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Students choosing to follow Route A will spend Semester 2 of Stage 2 studying at Aberdeen Business School
  • Managing Projects
  • Business Economics
  • Business Law
  • Consumer Behaviour
    Route B - Students choosing to follow Route B will spend Semester 2 of Stage 2 with a partner University abroad as part of an exchange programme.
  • Study Abroad 1
  • Study Abroad 2
  • Study Abroad 3
  • Study Abroad 4
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Students choosing Route A will follow the Placement Route
  • Evidencing Employability
  • Placement
    Route B - Students choosing Route B will follow the taught route as a continuing student at Aberdeen Business School
  • Corporate Governance
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law
  • Health and Safety Management Fundamentals
  • Labour Market Economics
    Route C - Students choosing Route C will spend Semesters 1 and 2 of Stage 3 with a partner university as part of a Study Abroad Programme
  • Study Abroad 8
  • Study Abroad 6
  • Study Abroad 5
  • Study Abroad 7
    Route D - Students choosing Route D may gain exemption from placement where appropriate
  • Experience in the Business Environment
    Route E - Students choosing Route E will undertake Semester 1 as a Study Abroad student and Semester 2 at Aberdeen Business School
  • Study Abroad 6
  • Study Abroad 5
  • Study Abroad 7
  • Study Abroad 8
    Route F - Students choosing Route F will undertake Semester 1 at Aberdeen Business School and Semester 2 as a Study Abroad student
  • Corporate Governance
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law
  • Health and Safety Management Fundamentals
  • Labour Market Economics
    Route G - Students choosing Route G will follow the Connect to Business curriculum in Semester 1 and the taught route in Semester 2
  • Enterprise In Action
  • Enterprise And Employability (residential)
    Route H - Students choosing Route H will follow the Connect to Business curriculum for Semester 1 and will Study Abroad in Semester 2
  • Enterprise And Employability (residential)
  • Enterprise In Action
    Route I - Students on Route I will follow the taught route for Direct Entrants
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law
  • Health and Safety Management Fundamentals
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Students choosing Route A will follow the Placement Route
  • Evidencing Employability
  • Placement
    Route B - Students choosing Route B will follow the taught route as a continuing student at Aberdeen Business School
  • Literature Project
  • Management Project
  • International Organisations
    Route C - Students choosing Route C will spend Semesters 1 and 2 of Stage 3 with a partner university as part of a Study Abroad Programme
  • Study Abroad 9
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 11
  • Study Abroad 12
    Route D - Students choosing Route D may gain exemption from placement where appropriate
  • Experience in the Business Environment
    Route E - Students choosing Route E will undertake Semester 1 as a Study Abroad student and Semester 2 at Aberdeen Business School
  • Literature Project
  • Management Project
  • International Organisations
    Route F - Students choosing Route F will undertake Semester 1 at Aberdeen Business School and Semester 2 as a Study Abroad student
  • Study Abroad 12
  • Study Abroad 9
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 11
    Route G - Students choosing Route G will follow the Connect to Business curriculum in Semester 1 and the taught route in Semester 2
  • Literature Project
  • Management Project
  • International Organisations
    Route H - Students choosing Route H will follow the Connect to Business curriculum for Semester 1 and will Study Abroad in Semester 2
  • Study Abroad 12
  • Study Abroad 11
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 9
    Route I - Students on Route I will follow the taught route for Direct Entrants
  • New Business Project
  • Literature Project
  • International Organisations
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Business Strategy
  • Thesis
  • Business and Innovation
    Choose 1 option module from the following group:
  • Corporate Ethics
  • Labour Market Economics
    Semester 2
  • Thesis
  • The Global Leadership Challenge
    Choose 2 option modules from the following group:
  • International Organisations
  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing
  • HRM And OD: Theory And Practice
  • Global Business Practice
  • Digital Business
  • You will study four modules per Semester. It is typical that a quarter of your time will be spent learning in large groups and three quarters of the time you will be taught in a small group tutorial environment.

    Study Abroad

    Our study abroad destinations include Europe, Asia, USA, and Canada. You are required to study abroad for one semester of Year 2 or in both semesters of Year 3. If you have a real desire to travel, you can study abroad in Year 2 and undertake a placement abroad in Year 3. If you choose to study abroad, you’ll be taught and assessed in English, but will have the opportunity to learn the local language where applicable.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 80 students per group
    • Three to six hours per week

    Seminars

    • Approximately 25 students per group
    • Four hours per week

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 25 students per group
    • Six hours per week

    Project Supervision

    • One to One
    • Two hours per week

    Independent study summary

    In addition to lectures and tutorials, you will spend approximately 24 hours per week outside of the class working on your own. This involves undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for tutorial assignments, team meetings and researching and writing course reports.

    Staff delivering this course

    Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.

    In addition many of our staff feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

    Academic staff who teach on the International Business Management modules have worked in a range of professional backgrounds. They are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.

    Staff teaching on this course can often include visiting lecturers, business owners, and industry professionals.

    Facilities

    • University Library
    • Georgina Scott Sutherland  Learning Centre
    • Student Support Services

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Support

    SQA Higher: ABBB

    GCE A Level: BBC

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H2H3

    IB Diploma: 29

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Advanced Entry: Applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    In Year 3 there is the option of a paid 48 weeks placement or a 12 weeks unpaid ‘Connect to Business’ route.

    The Placement Office team advertise placement opportunities and also work closely with employers through the selection process. For many students, the placement in Year 3 is the highlight of the course as it is an opportunity to consolidate and apply the learning you have gained in Years 1 and 2, and to acquire real world business experience that further develops essential professional skills and business acumen.

    During your placement you can expect to work in the UK or abroad and report to a Manager who will assess your performance on a regular basis. You also continue your academic learning by compiling a portfolio to provide evidence of your employability.

    As an alternative to placement, you can also choose one of the following options:

    • Stay at RGU for a third year of academic study, or

    Study abroad for up to a year at one of our Partner Universities in Europe, North America or Asia on an approved course, or

    • Enrol in our innovative ‘Connect to Business’ route which offers the opportunity to gain work based experiences within a range of established enterprises, or starting your own.

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    Scholarships

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,360 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year
    • £910 for a full year placement

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year
    • £2,500 for a full year placement

    International Students

    • £11,400 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full year placement

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year
    • £910 for a full year placement

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year
    • £2,500 for a full year placement

    International Students

    • £11,000 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full year placement

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year
    • £910 for a full year placement

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year
    • £2,500 for a full year placement

    International Students

    • £10,500 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full year placement

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,900 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,250 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    September Start

    Scottish, EU and Rest of UK applicants

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online:

    Apply online via UCAS

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    January Start (for international fee paying students only)

    If you have missed the September start deadline or are required to complete an English language module you will have an opportunity to start the course in January through ICRGU.

    Find out more about undergraduate courses starting in January

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    This course will prepare you for a managerial career either abroad, or in a company that operates internationally. Your knowledge of the international business environment is relevant for the following sectors:

    • International Business Consultant
    • Business Analyst
    • Strategy Analyst
    • Cultural Advisor
    • Territory Manager
    • International Broker

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees: 

    Other Fees and Charges

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