International Business Management
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This course is part of the MSc Business and Management programme, giving you the option of studying a 2 year MSc (with work placement)
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.
In conjunction with the development of knowledge, there will also be a focus on skills development which will enable you to make an immediate and impactful contribution to the working world.
At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.
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 and the skills required to manage a diverse team.
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.
The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate master's 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.
We offer an extended Master’s route, starting in September, on our traditional 1-year route which incorporates a 12 month placement. This route has a duration of 24 months, and will follow the same teaching programme as the 1 year course. You will receive training, guidance and support to support you through the recruitment and selection stages for the jobs on offer from our dedicated Employability and Enrichment Hub team.
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.Detailed module information
You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals.
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.
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.
- Seminars - Approx 30 students per group, 12 hours per week (full time on campus mode), 6 hours per week (part time online learning mode)
- Independent Study - 24 hours per week (full time on campus mode), 12 hours per week (part time online learning mode)
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.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 9 written assignments, including essays. These assessments are in year 1 for on campus students, and spread across the 24-36 month course for online learning students.
- 1 dissertation
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.
You are encouraged to apply for live Capstone consultancy projects which are sourced locally and are advertised through our Professional Enrichment hub. You are also able to negotiate and source your own consultancy host organisation in discussion with the Professional Enrichment Hub.
12 Month Placement
For those on our Extended Master’s route (24 months Full Time On Campus) you will have the opportunity to embark on a 12 month placement on completion of the 9-month teaching programme (mid-May). If you successfully secure a placement, you will start your placement no later than September and will complete your placement by the following June prior to graduation in July.
Placement opportunities are real jobs in an extensive range of organisations from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to global multinationals, and is an excellent way to test your academic knowledge, develop transferable skills and develop your business networks. The employing organisation is likely to be a source of rich data for the Capstone module and you will be encouraged to research an organisational issue of your choosing – likely identified through discussion with the placement employer. You will also complete a reflective e-portfolio which captures the skills development through the placement period.
Throughout the placement you will be assigned both a workplace mentor and an academic mentor and will receive ongoing support to enhance your career development.
N.B. The University cannot guarantee that all students will be successful in securing a placement. If unsuccessful, your course fee attached to the work experience element will be refunded.
This course is for new graduates or experienced professionals who wish to have a career in business. You may be from a non-relevant (i.e. non business) academic or professional background. It is also for those already working in business, at a junior or middle manager level, if you are seeking 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 expertise.
Previous graduates have gone on to set up their own business, pursue careers in international banking, business and with international trade organisations.
- 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:
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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.
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.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £5,500 entire course
- £12,470 entire course
Extended Full-Time Masters with Work Placement
UK/EU Students - Full-time
- £5,500 Year 1
- £5,500 Year 2
International Students - Full-time
- £12,470 Year 1
- £5,500 Year 2
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
The 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
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:
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.
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
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.
Aberdeen Business School is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
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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