International Business

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

international business degree
This course will develop your understanding of the global business environment and enable you to function effectively in an international business context, or in a range of other settings in which a high level of understanding of international business is an asset.

This flexible course will provide you with comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of international business management, including key theories and concepts.

There is a focus on developing an understanding of emerging trends and issues in international business, such as the importance of emerging markets, the quest for sustainability and global innovation.

You will have the option to focus in the areas of international business management relevant to your needs and interests. 

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
16 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
2 years

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
3 years

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Distance Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
January
Course Length
2.5 years
Stage 1

You will develop your knowledge of the basic elements and techniques of management. There is an emphasis on developing an understanding of how business operates in a global context.

Stage 2

You will begin to critically review and manipulate a range of analytical tools and demonstrate an ability to analyse, plan and undertake effective leadership and executive decision-making. You will develop your transferable skills in interpersonal communication and teamwork, and the use of financial and other management information.

stage 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.

 
Detailed module information

On Campus Study

There is 12 hours of timetabled classes per week with a further 12 hours of directed and individual study. The course uses a workshop type approach with flexible module sessions normally of 3 hours per week for each module. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos and e-books).

Online Distance Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. CampusMoodle will provide you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat.

Activity Summary
  • Seminars - 30 students per group, 12 hours per week (on-campus mode only)
  • Independent Study - 24 hours per week
Independent Study

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicle for independent learning is the Capstone Project where you will develop your learning in many aspects: the nature of research, writing a proposal, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and presenting work.

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 industry professionals, guest lecturers, staff with Research experience or past Postgraduate Research students.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 8 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation
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.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

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.

CampusMoodle

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

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library 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.

University Library

 
JOB PROSPECTS

For those already working in business management, at a junior or middle manager level, you will be able to progress your career into an international position. If you are looking to enter this field and have no relevant formal qualifications, this course will allow you to gain the necessary business and management knowledge.

Previous graduates have gone on to set up their own business, pursue careers in international banking, business and with international trade organisations.

CAREERS

 

 

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 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

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

International Students

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.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

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.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

 
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,100 entire course

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time over 3 years

  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,280 MSc Dissertation Stage

Distance Learning Part-time and Part-time On Campus over 2 years

  • Year 1 - £4,550
  • Year 2 - £4,550
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,470 entire course

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time over 3 years

  • £3,520 Stage 1
  • £3,520 Stage 2
  • £2,350 MSc Dissertation Stage

Distance Learning Part-time and Part-time On Campus over 2 years

  • Year 1 - £4,695
  • Year 2 - £4,695
 
Additional Costs

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

OTHER FEES AND CHARGES

Disclaimer

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:

STUDENT FINANCE

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Alumni Discount

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

 

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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I cannot stress enough how useful I found this course to be. The lecturers were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and supportive throughout. I can honestly say that I have developed a truly global perspective on business as a result of undertaking this course.
Karen Abdelmaseih, MSc International Business Graduate

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