Introduction

The International Business Management MSc enables you to build commercial awareness and gain a deep understanding of the challenges and trends facing global business leaders today. This world’s economy is increasingly global and demand continues to grow for the leaders of the future who clearly understand the international context of business.

This programme is studied on campus.

This programmes helps recent graduates and early-stage professionals from any background to develop a global career in business and management. By specialising in international business, you place yourself in a more powerful, marketable position because a broad knowledge of business practice around the world is highly relevant, becoming increasingly valuable to employers.

Many of our academics come from the commercial world as well as academia, and we are constantly engaging with industry, so you’ll develop the knowledge and real-world skills you need to compete. This programme helps you connect with a deeper, more focused set of business skills, with a strong view of how international organisations work. By providing you with an in-depth understanding of global practices across a broad spectrum of business fields, this course will prepare you for a career in global management.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January

Study Options

MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January
Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Managing Human Resources (BU5577) - 15 Credit Points

Managing human resources is important for survival and prosperity of organizations and economies, and has implications for individual attitudes and well-being. Managers are expected to contribute to the delivery of the human resource strategy, supported by expert advice and guidance. This module explores the key concepts underpinning the management of human resources and their practical application in organisations today. Focus on four important themes:

· Recruitment and selection

· Equality and diversity

· Flexible employment and work-life balance

· Talent management

You will be encouraged to share your views and experiences through class discussion and debate.

View detailed information about this course

Internationalisation (BU5579) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Research Practice (BU5583) - 15 Credit Points

This course introduces students to what is involved in undertaking business research in practice. Within lectures, tutorials and workshops students will develop an understanding of: Information retrieval and critical analysis; Philosophical issues in the construction of knowledge; Accessing and gathering quantitative and qualitative data; Data analysis; Student/Supervisor expectations.

View detailed information about this course

The Leadership Challenge (BU5584) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through seminars, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

New Venture Creation (BU5940) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to equip students with an understanding of key aspects of new venture creation, including business planning, pitching new ideas to investors and managing growth. This is a capstone course, by bringing together a range of different concepts.

View detailed information about this course

Critical Studies Paper (BU5914) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to allow students to bring together their knowledge, learning and understanding gathered from across the modules studied. Students are required to choose an appropriate topic, and place it in the context of an appropriate body of literature and identify key concepts, ideas and definitions pertaining to the topic and its development. Students will select appropriate methodology to support the paper and organize empirical and theoretical material observing relevant academic conventions. The work will present a logical and cogent argument in support of conclusions drawn from material consulted.

View detailed information about this course

Digital Marketing (BU5991) - 15 Credit Points

The course provides both a strategic orientation and tactical orientation:

Strategic:

§ How to align digital strategy with a wider business strategy

§ The value that (internal and external) research and analytics can bring to digital marketing decisions

Tactical:

§ Assess the quality of any website based on a range of important measures

§ Benchmark a website’s performance against online competitors

§ Investigate the potential of a business idea for a given market sector

§ Present digital marketing research and advice to a generalist audience

§ Understand the potential commercial value of social media

§ Interpret onsite analytics in support of business objectives

View detailed information about this course

Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Accounting and Finance for Managers (BU5026) - 15 Credit Points

The fact that money (and understanding money) really matters in business and all managers need to understand issues like cashflow and profit might depress you, but it is true. Financial viability of customers? Deciding on the likely financial viability of a project? Reporting to shareholders about performance? Does the word “sustainable” appear in a finance dictionary? All questions we will try and address.

View detailed information about this course

Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion (BU5038) - 15 Credit Points

Business cannot be conducted without some form of communication between the participants involved. This course examines a wide variety of different types of interpersonal communication in different types of business contexts and, by so doing, provides students with a detailed and practical overview of this vitally important subject area.

View detailed information about this course

Marketing Management (BU5039) - 15 Credit Points

The course will apply theoretical and practical content to explore the key concepts of marketing management to provide students with an understanding of planning, coordinating and controlling marketing activities. It aims to take students understanding beyond what has been labelled as a transaction-based approach to a relationship-based approach. As such the aim is to provide students with an understanding of the role of marketing in establishing, developing and maintaining relationships for mutual gain. This will be achieved through a combination of lectures, seminars, simulations and directed private study.

View detailed information about this course

Issues in International Management (BU5057) - 15 Credit Points

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of Issues in International Management as viewed from a number of diverse perspectives eg Coaching; Oil & Gas; Entrepreneurship; Technology; Accountancy & Finance

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

On completion of the MSc International Business Management compulsory courses, students will be permitted to undertake a further 60 credits and complete a Professional Diary for the award of an MBA. Importantly, in addition to the completion of the courses the students must have completed 3 years relevant work experience.

Managing Consultancy and Change (BU5046)
Managing Distributed Teams (BU5964)
Consultancy and Innovation (BU5051)
Professional Practice Journal (BU5054)
MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September or January
Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Accounting and Finance for Managers (BU5026) - 15 Credit Points

The fact that money (and understanding money) really matters in business and all managers need to understand issues like cashflow and profit might depress you, but it is true. Financial viability of customers? Deciding on the likely financial viability of a project? Reporting to shareholders about performance? Does the word “sustainable” appear in a finance dictionary? All questions we will try and address.

View detailed information about this course

Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion (BU5038) - 15 Credit Points

Business cannot be conducted without some form of communication between the participants involved. This course examines a wide variety of different types of interpersonal communication in different types of business contexts and, by so doing, provides students with a detailed and practical overview of this vitally important subject area.

View detailed information about this course

Marketing Management (BU5039) - 15 Credit Points

The course will apply theoretical and practical content to explore the key concepts of marketing management to provide students with an understanding of planning, coordinating and controlling marketing activities. It aims to take students understanding beyond what has been labelled as a transaction-based approach to a relationship-based approach. As such the aim is to provide students with an understanding of the role of marketing in establishing, developing and maintaining relationships for mutual gain. This will be achieved through a combination of lectures, seminars, simulations and directed private study.

View detailed information about this course

Issues in International Management (BU5057) - 15 Credit Points

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of Issues in International Management as viewed from a number of diverse perspectives eg Coaching; Oil & Gas; Entrepreneurship; Technology; Accountancy & Finance

View detailed information about this course

Entrepreneurship in Practice (BU5065)

​The industry weeks provide a unique opportunity to experience what is like to be part of a 'startup' organisation. Working in a small team you will collaborate with your peers to develop and shape innovative solutions, products or services for 'real world' challenges. As part of the course you will gain new skills, insights and experiences that will enable you to tackle future professional challenges and strengthen your own entrepreneurial perspective.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Managing Human Resources (BU5577) - 15 Credit Points

Managing human resources is important for survival and prosperity of organizations and economies, and has implications for individual attitudes and well-being. Managers are expected to contribute to the delivery of the human resource strategy, supported by expert advice and guidance. This module explores the key concepts underpinning the management of human resources and their practical application in organisations today. Focus on four important themes:

· Recruitment and selection

· Equality and diversity

· Flexible employment and work-life balance

· Talent management

You will be encouraged to share your views and experiences through class discussion and debate.

View detailed information about this course

Internationalisation (BU5579) - 15 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Research Practice (BU5583) - 15 Credit Points

This course introduces students to what is involved in undertaking business research in practice. Within lectures, tutorials and workshops students will develop an understanding of: Information retrieval and critical analysis; Philosophical issues in the construction of knowledge; Accessing and gathering quantitative and qualitative data; Data analysis; Student/Supervisor expectations.

View detailed information about this course

The Leadership Challenge (BU5584) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through seminars, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

New Venture Creation (BU5940) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to equip students with an understanding of key aspects of new venture creation, including business planning, pitching new ideas to investors and managing growth. This is a capstone course, by bringing together a range of different concepts.

View detailed information about this course

Critical Studies Paper (BU5914) - 30 Credit Points

This course aims to allow students to bring together their knowledge, learning and understanding gathered from across the modules studied. Students are required to choose an appropriate topic, and place it in the context of an appropriate body of literature and identify key concepts, ideas and definitions pertaining to the topic and its development. Students will select appropriate methodology to support the paper and organize empirical and theoretical material observing relevant academic conventions. The work will present a logical and cogent argument in support of conclusions drawn from material consulted.

View detailed information about this course

Digital Marketing (BU5991) - 15 Credit Points

The course provides both a strategic orientation and tactical orientation:

Strategic:

§ How to align digital strategy with a wider business strategy

§ The value that (internal and external) research and analytics can bring to digital marketing decisions

Tactical:

§ Assess the quality of any website based on a range of important measures

§ Benchmark a website’s performance against online competitors

§ Investigate the potential of a business idea for a given market sector

§ Present digital marketing research and advice to a generalist audience

§ Understand the potential commercial value of social media

§ Interpret onsite analytics in support of business objectives

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

On completion of the MSc International Business Management compulsory courses, students will be permitted to undertake a further 60 credits and complete a Professional Diary for the award of an MBA. Importantly, in addition to the completion of the courses the students must have completed 3 years relevant work experience.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Combining academic rigour with real-life activities designed to develop practical skills, topics cover a range of business fields, from finance and marketing to management and accounting. You will be challenged to explore these fields within an international context to understand how globalisation impacts the business community, locally, nationally and internationally. There are no exams, all assessment is done through a portfolio of work, which also provides tangible proof to prospective employers to help them gauge your business knowledge – and to help you secure a better future.

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

With no exams, all assessment is done through a portfolio of work. This portfolio not only becomes our way of assessing and appraising you, it also provides tangible proof to prospective employers to help them gauge your business knowledge – and gives you a powerful recruitment tool to help secure a better future beyond the programme.

Why Study International Business Management?

This 'conversion' Masters programme is open to graduates from any discipline, and provides a broad-based training in international business theory and practice. You’ll gain a good understanding of economic fluctuations and an understanding of how to interpret and use financial data. You will:

• Develop a well-rounded skillset with the tools to succeed
• Strengthen your capacity for geographical and cultural mobility
• Develop a truly international perspective
• Learn essential communication and professional skills

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

This programme is open to graduates from any discipline and does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level.

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or a degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth).

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £7,800
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £16,900
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
Home / EU / RUK Students £8,300
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £17,900
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September or January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £7,800
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
International Students £16,900
Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year
Home / EU / RUK Students £8,300
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £17,900
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

Following on from this course, there’s a wide range of potential career opportunities in management roles across a variety of sectors and types of businesses and organisations. Past graduates have been hired by multinational corporations in the UK and beyond, government and public institutions, and also international relief and environmental organisations.

Industry Links

Because many of our academics come from the commercial world as well as Academia, and because we are constantly engaging with the industry, we are able to give you the focused knowledge and real world skills you’ll need to compete.

The Aberdeen Executive Education Partnership is a network which gives participants the opportunity to continually update and embrace their current business strategies and be challenged by new research and innovative ways of viewing issues.

Practical and Academic Management Globally

Today's global business climate offers excellent career opportunities for postgraduates
with cross-cultural skills and a sound knowledge of international management

What our Alumni Say

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Job Details
Field Engineer
Graduated 2016

My experiences from Aberdeen have been invaluable in both getting and doing my job at Schlumberger in Australia. I leap at new challenges and have the tools to handle them.

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Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Facilities

  • 24 hour access to our online Learning Support provided via our Virtual Learning environment MyAberdeen.
  • Membership of the University Library, learning materials including access to core text books.
  • Access to international networking and continuing professional development.
  • Join our business societies such as the Entrepreneurial Society.
  • Access to the Internet.
  • Access to all campus facilities.
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Business societies

Join our business societies such as the Entrepreneurial Society

Support

24 hour access to our online Learning Support provided via our Virtual Learning environment MyAberdeen, as well as access to international networking and continuing professional development.

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Contact Details

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University of Aberdeen
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Dunbar Street
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