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Course Overview

International Business is a wide-ranging subject that includes economic, political, cultural and technological facets. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the complexities of international business management by examining how the global environment and our understanding of these affect management within an international context.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ian Robson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MSc In International Business And Finance (Studied) or MSc International Business Management (Studied) or MSc Global Health and Management (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Key topics include: The nature and importance of international business –the historical patterns of international business and management, the role and importance of international trade, and the dimensions of international business studies. Comparative business environments – the political and economic environments and their impacts on business activities International business strategies and operations – the issues in international location decisions, entry strategies and development Organisational changes and international management – the different organisational structures and organisation in

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 5 Lectures during University week34
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 33, 35

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt:

1.       Individual Assessment (40%): An individual contribution to a theoretical issue, a case issue or work-based issue (2000 words) – 40% of total course marks.

2.       Individual Professional Reflective-lessons learned-Review (30%):  A reflective review of the lessons learned through participation in the course (1500 words or a 5min video/oral presentation) – 30% of the total course marks.

Material for these individual assessed elements will be obtained through a series of timetabled individual and group activities complemented by directed reading and own research.

3.       Group Assessment (30%)

A group activity/challenge – 30% of the total course marks. In undertaking the challenge, and in the preparation of the assessed requirements (see on), students are required to keep minutes of their group meetings and record peer contributions. These minutes along with the reflections on peer contributions peer are reviewed by the assessment team as part of the assessment process.

The group assessed requirements for this course are:- a 10 minute group presentation (contributing 10% and a 6 page Briefing Note comprising 20%). 

Resit: There is no resit opportunity for the group element.  If any student scores below D3 for the individual components of the assessment (1 or 2 above) they will be required to submit in the May exam period:

  1. An individual contribution
  2. A revised individual reflective review   

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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