Global Business Communication, MSc, PgCert or PgDip

Global Business Communication, MSc, PgCert or PgDip


Our MSc in Global Business Communication at the University of Aberdeen provides in-depth communications skills and knowledge across business, law, health care, politics, media and energy industries. You will learn to communicate effectively and pragmatically in situations reliant on an understanding of human behaviour, relationships, tactics, and politics to uncover powerful solutions to challenges in communication and interpretation.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc, PgCert or PgDip
4 months, 9 months, 12 months, 21 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January
Location of Study

The language we use and the way we interpret others is fundamental to how a company or any other professional organisation performs or prospers. These communications are vital to the way we conduct business, co-exist with colleagues and clients - and they reflect how we operate as human beings and how we interact with the wider world. The professional world is a human business. People interact constantly and misinterpretation can happen. Yet, when we get these communications right and they become a tremendous asset to any professional organisation or individual.

The MSc Global Business Communication is a dynamic and engaging programme as it combines a multidisciplinary approach to allow you to acquire skills and knowledge in organisational negotiation, leadership and rapport management. You examine interaction in a range of professional institutions and business organisations. The programme is designed to equip you with higher level skills in interpreting and analysing communication and interaction in professional situations to allow you to progress a career in Communications.

You will study intercultural communication, organisational behaviour and institutional communication. These are covered in the courses which make up this programme. The MSc in Global Business Communication is led by an expert team of lecturers from across the university.

Communication and language are essential in all organisations and is considered in a range of professional environments including business, healthcare, law and the energy industry. Courses focus on current communication issues within professional institutions and organisations.

Available Programmes of Study


Global Business Communication

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

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £23,800
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year
UK £11,100
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year

Global Business Communication

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
PgDip 9 months or 21 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January More

Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programme(s) above.


Global Business Communication

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
PgCert 4 months or 9 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January More

Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programme(s) above.

We will endeavour to make all course options available. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • 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 Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

The SFC Postgraduate tuition fee scholarship may be available for those classified as Home/EU fee status students for this programme. Visit the scholarship page for more information.

The James Carnegie maintenance scholarship for postgraduate students is available with this degree.


Self-funded international students enrolling on postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes will receive one of our Aberdeen Global Scholarships, ranging from £3,000 to £8,000, depending on your domicile country. Learn more about the Aberdeen Global Scholarships here.

To see our full range of scholarships, visit our Funding Database.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

The variety of assessment in the programme ensures that students apply theory to practice and become expert communicators and team players. The courses undertaken in the programme provide students with solid professional skill set in communication analysis, management and intercultural communication. The programme consists of 180 credit points taken over the duration of one year. Courses are assessed through essays, presentations, group and project work.

Why Study Global Business Communication?

  • At the University of Aberdeen, we have created a unique MSc in Global Business Communication because it takes an innovative approach in examining communication and interaction dynamics in the professional world by helping you understand, interpret, and analyse communications across a variety of professional contexts, including intercultural communications at a global level.
  • Centred on Linguistics, this programme features both language analysis and discourse analysis - together with research, methodology techniques that help uncover the true meaning in data.
  • The programme draws upon the Business School and School of Language and Literature, so it provides a unique perspective to give a fuller picture rather than one aspect or the other. The MSc in Global Business Communication gives you key skills in all organisational communication across sectors nationally and internationally to enable you to travel globally in your career.
  • The breadth of skills provided by the subject allows you to work in internal and external facing positions within an organisation of any size or type.
  • We are located in Aberdeen, a city with strong links to FTSE 100 multinational business, healthcare and Europe's energy capital, which we are able to draw upon to deliver this programme.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with the industry in a variety of ways such as industry weeks with the Business School, industry projects and building your own networks and teamwork skills.
  • There will be a series of guest speaker talks during the year and you can explore further internship possibilities with our links to a variety of organisations throughout the UK.

Entry Requirements


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

The standard entrance requirement is a good second class degree, normally at a 2.1 or above in any discipline.

The English Language requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 for writing and reading, or an equivalent score on an internationally recognised English test with above-average competence in English language.

The degree is designed for students from a range of undergraduate degree backgrounds including language, linguistics, communication, business studies, law or legal studies. Students can take this programme as a diploma, a stand-alone one-year or two-year part-time Master’s degree, or as a first step towards a PhD (subject to admission to a further degree programme either at Aberdeen or elsewhere).

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


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

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 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.

an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded postgraduate taught (PGT) students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Explore our Global Scholarships, including eligibility details, on our dedicated page.

Aberdeen Global Scholarships


Communications are vital to the internal and external operation of a successful organisation or business and understanding how we give and receive information can lead to careers in marketing and communications, PR, HR, and Media Relations.

Career Opportunities

  • Human Resources
  • Junior Lecturer
  • Media Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Teacher

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Student Recruitment & Admissions
University of Aberdeen
University Office
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AB24 3FX