Introduction

The MA in International Business and Spanish is designed to develop the leaders of the future. This programme provides students with a broad understanding of International Business along with the study of a language and is designed to equip you to be successful, with an exceptional knowledge and understanding of both its operations and its economic, political and social context.

This programme is studied on campus.

The University of Aberdeen draws on both ancient heritage and globally-recognised excellence in research and teaching to challenge students academically and to connect them with the world of practice. Students will have the opportunity to include the study of a language throughout the programme, whether or not they have any prior knowledge of the language. Periods of study or internships abroad are integral parts of these programmes.

The programmes provides a broadly-based education in International Business through a four year programme. Students will take part in specialist courses in International Business can specialise in at least one of the following; economics, real estate, accounting, finance and business management. The programmes are designed to develop the international business leaders of the future.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
Location of Study
Aberdeen
UCAS Code
NR14

What You'll Study

Students will have the opportunity to explore a range of themes to broaden their knowledge and sharpen their critical analysis of current debates and challenges. Some of these areas include:

  • International studies in economics
  • Real Estate
  • Accountancy
  • Finance and management
Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Business (AW1003)

This compulsory evaluation is designed to find out if your academic writing is of a sufficient standard to enable you to succeed at university and, if you need it, to provide support to improve. It is completed on-line via MyAberdeen with clear instructions to guide you through it. If you pass the evaluation at the first assessment it will not take much of your time. If you do not, you will be provided with resources to help you improve. This evaluation does not carry credits but if you do not complete it this will be recorded on your degree transcript.

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Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students and above, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.

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International Context for Business 1 (IN1001) - 15 Credit Points

This course investigates the big issues and key questions facing international business in a global economy and seeks explanations using a variety of real world tools, models and concepts. Issues covered include technology and automation, innovation and the networked economy, scarcity and choice, globalisation, inequality, the firm (its owners, managers, employees and customers), markets and public policy, financial instability and environmental issues.

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International Context for Business 2 (IN1501) - 15 Credit Points

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the external global context in which businesses operate. It explores the political, economic, sociocultural, technological, ethical and market influences on business. It also explores how businesses interact to the global environment through innovation, strategy, operations and marketing.

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Optional Courses

Plus 60 credits from one of the following specialisms:

Accountancy: AC 1011 Accounting and Accountability

AC 1515 Accounting and Entrepreneurship

EC 1006 Economics for Business and Society

EC 1506 The Global Economy

Economics: EC 1006 Economics for Business and Society

EC 1506 The Global Economy

Plus 30 credits from any AC, FI or PO coded courses of choice

Finance: FI 1004 Finance 1: Finance, Risk and Investment

AC 1515 Accounting and Entrepreneurship

EC 1006 Economics for Business and Society

EC 1506 The Global Economy

Real Estate: EC 1006 Economics for Business and Society

EC 1506 The Global Economy

FI 1004 Finance 1: Finance, Risk and Investment

PO 1504 Understanding Property

PLUS

Beginner:

SP 1027 Spanish Language 1

SP 1528 Spanish Language 2

Intermediate/advanced:

SP 1028 Spanish Language 2

SP 2525 Spanish Language 3

Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

IN 2001 International Business Operations and Finance 1

IN 2501 International Business Operations and Finance 2

Optional Courses

Beginner:

SP 2025 Spanish Language 3 ; SP 2526 Spanish Language 4

Advanced;

SP 2026 Spanish Language 4 ; SP 2531 Spanish Language 5

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Plus 60 credits from one of the following specialisms:

Accountancy : AC 2030 Business Finance

AC 2526 Financial Accounting 2

AC 2029 Management Accounting 2

PO 2504 Understanding Statistics

Economics: EC 2003 Intermediate Microeconomics

EC 2503 Intermediate Macroeconomics

Finance: FI 2001 Personal Investment

FI 2501 Financial Markets and Regulation

FI 2004 Finance 2: Business Finance

PO 2504 Understanding Statistics

Real Estate: PO 2009 Land and Property Economics

PO 2509 Principles of Property Valuation

PO 2010 Land and Property Law

PO 2504 Understanding Statistics

Year 3

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

IN 3001 Being an International Manager 1

IN 3501 Being an International Manager 2

Optional Courses

Plus 30 credits from level 3 Spanish courses

Plus 60 level 3 credits from one of the following specialisms:

Accountancy;

AC 3049 Financial Accounting 3

AC 3054 Management Accounting 3

AC 3557 Auditing

Economics:

30 credits from EC courses of choice /30 credits from EC courses of choice

Finance:

FI 3004 Finance 3: Corporate Finance

FI 3505 Advanced Corporate Finance

Real Estate:

PO 3006 Applied Valuation

30 credits from courses of choice

General degree (no specialism):

60 level 3 credits from AC, EC, FI, MS and PO courses of choice

Year 4

Year 4

Compulsory Courses

IN 4001 Contemporary Issues in International Business 1

IN 4501 Contemporary Issues in International Business 2

Optional Courses

Plus 30 credits from Spanish courses

Plus 60 level 3 or 4 credits from one of the following specialisms:

Accountancy

AC 4033 Accounting Theory

AC 4528 Dissertation in Accountancy

Economics

EC 4526 Dissertation in Economics

30 credits from EC courses of choice

Finance

FI 4002 OR FI 4003 Financial Strategy and Investment Management Empirical Methods in Finance

FI 4501 Dissertation in Finance

Real Estate:

PO 4007 Real Estate Portfolio Investment

PO 4506 Real Estate Dissertation

OR

PO 4006 Real Estate Dissertation

PO 4508 Housing Economics

General degree (no specialism):

IN 4502 Dissertation in International Business

Plus 30 level 3 or 4 credits from AC, EC, FI, MS and PO courses of choice

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

Learning Methods

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

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study International Business with Spanish?

  • You will gain exceptional knowledge and understanding of international business, both its operations and its economic, political and social contexts
  • We deliver a learning experience that provides students with confidence and will enable you to add value quickly to employers
  • We draw on both our ancient heritage and globally-recognised excellence in teaching and research, to challenge students academically and to connect them with the world of practice
  • You will have the option to study a modern language throughout the programme
  • Aberdeen is the main European centre for the oil and gas industry, and international accountancy firms, multinational companies and financial services all have offices in the city.
  • Professional training facilities, including our virtual trading floor, integrating real activity in financial markets into our students’ courses.
  • A Business Management programme which perfectly balances theory and practical work, with strong links to local and global businesses giving you cutting-edge insights in to the subject.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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


General Entry Requirements

2019 Entry
2020 Entry

SQA Highers

Standard Offer: AABB - BBB
Applicants who have achieved between AABB - BBB are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers may be required in order to receive an offer of admission.

Adjusted / Access Threshold: BB (or below)
Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one or more Widening Participation criteria, are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers / Advanced Highers will be required in order to receive an offer of admission.

More information on our definition of Standard, Adjusted and Access Threshold entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard offer: BBB

Adjusted / Access Threshold: BB (or below)

More information on our definition of Standard, Adjusted and Access Threshold entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.


English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate 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 - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

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

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

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

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

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

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) the tuition fee charged upon entry will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
International Students £15,300
Students Admitted in 2019/20
RUK £9,250
Students Admitted in 2019/20

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

  • Management Consultant
  • Sales Manager
  • International Trader
  • Business Development Manager
  • Strategy Analyst
  • International Recruitment Consultant

Our Experts

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

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Sir Duncan Rice Library

Sir Duncan Rice Library

The University’s award winning Sir Duncan Rice Library is listed in the “Top 20 spellbinding University libraries in the World”. It contains over a million volumes, more than 300,000 e-books and 21,000 journals.

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