Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes International Business Management
For recent graduates and early stage professionals from any background to help boost a career in business and management in a globalized commercial world.

Key Facts

Study Mode
Full-time (12 months)
Entry Dates
Learning Mode
On-campus Learning

Programme Details

A one year Masters Degree providing the essential skills and knowledge necessary for managers in today's demanding and rapidly changing business world

Reasons to apply

  • A thorough grounding in the core knowledge areas of business and management
  • Stimulating, practically focussed, teaching designed to strengthen your analytical and decision-making skills, preparing you to think and operate in a effectively in a organisation
  • A collegiate atmosphere, supporting you in your studies and beyond
  • Ability to go on after graduating with your MSc  to obtain an MBA through part-time study

Why Study this Programme?

  • Excellence with relevance
  • A 'conversion' masters programme for students without an undergraduate degree in business/management - open to graduates from any discipline.
  • In a single year, create a major job-search advantage by kick starting a new direction in your professional life
  • Broad-based business training in international business theory and practice.
  • The material, perspective, student body and Academic staff are truly international.
  • The programme attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, further enriching your learning experience, helping develop your cross-cultural skills and your future business network
  • Develop a well-rounded skillset – gain the tools to succeed in your job search, as well as the communication and professional skills that business recruiters expect
  • Strengthen your capacity for geographical and cultural mobility.
  • Enhance your Master's credentials with a direct pathway to a fast track MBA. - after 3 years work experience, during which you keep a Professional Reflective Diary, all it would take is 3 one week blocks of learning


The MSc International Business Management degree provides the essential skills and knowledge necessary to take on management responsibility in today’s demanding and rapidly changing business world.

The programme is designed for graduates in non-business subjects, without previous managerial experience, or those with managerial experience who wish to deepen their understanding of the management process.

The programme comprises an intensive series of stimulating teaching blocks that are based on formal lectures, group discussions, case studies, role-plays, simulation exercises and project work. A key aim of the programme is to develop your ability to think logically, laterally, practically and independently so that you can operate effectively in a wide range of business roles within organisations.

The programme will equip you with a broad and up-to-date foundation of real-life knowledge about business as well as the necessary skills to put this knowledge into practice. For example, courses provide knowledge managing the marketing effort and managing and leading people within organisations. Additionally, the MSc Business Management provides you with an opportunity to go on (with some additional study) to obtain an MBA.


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Our Experts

Programme Director: Dr Harminder Bhattu

Contact Information

Clare McIntyre, Recruitment & Admissions Co-ordinator 

Graduate Business School

email: or tel: + 44 (0) 1224 273235


The first semester starting in January 2015 will consist of the following modules:

The Leadership Challenge

Managing Human Resources


Research Practice

The Summer Term will consist of E Commerce and New Venture Creation modules, and a critical study paper.

The final and third semester will contain:

Marketing Management

Issues in International Management

Business and Money

Interpersonal Management and Negotiation




All courses are assessed through a portfolio of work. These portfolios are practical in nature and are designed to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate both their knowledge of theories and research and their practical ability to work effectively and efficiently.

To illustrate, the Marketing Management course requires students to complete a portfolio made up of three assessed elements:

[i] An individual Briefing Note requiring students to produce a short document for an Executive Board that sets out its product’s current market position, possible future developments and a forecast of future sales

[ii] A reflective piece requiring students to appraise the practicality of a piece of marketing theory

[iii] A group report and presentation that sets out a marketing plan for a product


The MSc International Business Management programme is delivered through traditional lectures as well as experiential learning in the form of role plays, simulations and task-focused exercises that is designed to improve the knowledge and real-life practical skills you will need as a manager. 


This programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to take on business management roles in a wide variety of organisations. In addition to the mentoring that you will receive from the programme delivery and leadership team you will also be supported by comprehensive range of career services aimed at providing you with the tools and skills you need to progress your career.

As a graduate of the University of Aberdeen MSc International Business Management you can go on to study part-time for an MBA. The award of MBA follows the successful completion of four additional courses: Management Consultancy and Change; Project Management; Managing Distributed Teams; and Professional Practice Journal.

Typically, students would complete these additional courses whilst working over a period of 3-5 years, with the Management Consultancy and Project Management courses delivered in 1 week on-campus intensive block format and the Managing Distributed Teams and Professional Practice Journal courses delivered virtually. The knowledge and skills acquired in this further study will provide you with the opportunity to apply to take on more senior roles within organisations.  


A good second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution for those with non-UK qualifications).

References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector.    

Please note, students who accept an offer of a place will be asked to pay a deposit to secure their place. This deposit is later deducted from the tuition fees payable at registration. See for further details.


English Requirements

English language requirements:

  • IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
  • IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 in writing, 5.5 other elements (or equivalent PTE)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.



This programme will now commence January 2016

Details of tuition fees can be found at: 


All applicants will be considered for Graduate Business School and Kings College Scholarships.  See:

Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.  More Information can be found here.


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General Information

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
The Hub
King's College

Tel: +44 (0)1224 272090 / +44 (0)1224 272091
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272576

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