International Business Management
You will gain an appreciation of the various social, cultural, economic and legal complexities which managers face in the highly competitive international environment. Within the penultimate years of the course, you will be able to tailor your study to your own interests and career aspirations and have the opportunity to participate in short term management and enterprise projects and gain work experience with multi-national organisations.
At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.
Ranked 1st in Scotland for sustained employment, further study or both three years after graduation in Business and Administrative Studies - Longitudinal Education Outcomes 2017
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 to form the foundation for your degree.
You can choose whether to continue with your studies based in Aberdeen or by spending Semester 1 or 2 studying abroad. Modules studied in this year build on the foundation business functions learned in Year 1 including Business Law, Work and Organisational Behaviour and Business Ideas and Opportunities.
In Year 3 you have four options, a year-long placement, an academic year at one of our partner institutions abroad, a taught route at Aberdeen Business School, or the ‘Connect to Business’ route, offering you flexibility to tailor your study to your own interests and career aspirations.
Year 4 is the pinnacle of your course. You will study core modules in contemporary areas including: Business Strategy, Innovation, Corporate Ethics and Global Leadership as well as undertaking a significant piece of independent research in the form of a thesis. For this, you will receive guidance and support from a dedicated Thesis Supervisor. .
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Throughout this course, approximately 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
In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to build on your business creativity, exploring how to generate and develop viable commercial ideas in the Business Ideas and Opportunities module. You will work in multidisciplinary teams, develop your creativity skills and showcase your ideas as part of an annual Trade Fair held on-campus.
Our Year 3, Connect to Business option allows you to undertake short term management and enterprise projects with a range of different organisations, developing your employability skills through an exciting and flexible programme of work related experiences.
- Lectures - 80 students per group, 3-6 hours per week
- Seminars - 25 students per group, 4 hours per week
- Tutorial - 25 students per group, 6 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 2 hours per week
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 on This Course
Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.
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 have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.
Other staff members include local business owners and industry professionals who offer you the opportunity to learn through business-led workshops, guest lectures and masterclasses.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 6 written exams, typically for 2 hours
- 4 written assignments, including essays
- 4 written exams, typically for 2 hours
- 5 written assignments, including essays
- 6 written exams, typically for 2 hours (Continuing students and Direct Entry students, no exams for Connect to Business or Placement Routes)
- 3 written assignments, including essays (Continuing students and Direct Entry students, no assignments for Connect to Business Route)
- 1 written assignment, including essays (Placement Route)
- 2 portfolios (Connect to Business Route)
- 1 oral assessment (Continuing students and Direct Entry students)
- 2 written exams, typically for 2 hours
- 5 written assignments, including essays
- 1 dissertation
- 1 oral assessment
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
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
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to undertake a one-year salaried work placement or 12 week unpaid placement on ‘Connect to Business’ route.
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 your 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.
Previous students who have completed the Business Ideas and Opportunities module have opted to run their own company instead of participating in a traditional placement, with support from staff in our Centre for Entrepreneurship and an industry mentor.
You will study abroad either for one semester of Year 2 or both semesters of Year 3 which will offer additional educational and cultural experiences and put you at the forefront of the international business world. Study abroad destination include Europe, Asia, USA, and Canada.
This course will prepare you for a managerial career in an international business context, both abroad or in a company that operates internationally. The focus you take in later years of the course can widen opportunities for more specialist managerial positions. Positions held by our graduates include Management Consultant, Marketing Executive/Manager, International Business Consultant, Business Analyst, International Broker and Cultural Advisor.
Entry to Year 1
SQA Higher: AABB - ABBB
GCE A Level: BBB - BBC
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2H2H2H2 - H2H2H2H3
IB Diploma: 29 - 30
Entry to Year 2
SQA Advanced Higher: BBC
GCE A Level: ABB
IB Diploma: 31
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.
Applicants from Partner Colleges
A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Students entering Year 3 of the course will follow the class based taught route as an alternative to a placement in Year 3.
All other 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 Requirements
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:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For Academic Year 2018/2019Scottish/EU Students
- £1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £5,000 per academic year
- £12,360 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £5,000 per academic year
- £12,730 per academic year
Additional CostsThe following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
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 and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
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We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
January Intake - International Applicants Only
International fee-paying students applying to start in January should apply via International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU)
Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.
Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.
RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.