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PRE-MASTERS AND MSC INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Pre-Masters (October start date)

The Pre-Masters is a 10-week practical, project-based course which ensures international applicants have the necessary business content knowledge, English language and Masters level study skills to be successful in studies at postgraduate level.

MSc International Business (January start data)

The MSc prepares you to operate as a business manager in an international environment. It gives you wide experience of a wide range of modules covering essential aspects of international business.

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Entry Requirements

(All candidates must meet A or B, and all candidates must meet C)

A. An honours degree at third class or higher for entry onto the October start Pre-Masters + MSc International Business. You need to successfully complete the Pre-Masters before moving on to the MSc programme.



B. A relevant honours degree at 2:2 or higher for entry onto the January start MSc International Business.



C. IELTS 6.5 minimum (or equivalent) (with no component score under 6.0) or a first degree completed in the medium of English.

  • If your English language level is currently IELTS 5.5 to 6.0 you can join our summer pre-sessional English language programmes starting in July and August.
  • If you do not have a formal IELTS qualification or a first degree in the medium of English please contact us directly for an ‘in-house’ assessment of your language skills.

There are two entry points: 

  • October start if you have an honours degree classification of 3:0 (or higher).
  • January start date if you have an honours degree classification of 2:2 (or higher) in a relevant first degree.
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Course content

Pre-Masters (October start)

The Pre-Masters is a 10-week practical, project-based course to equip you with the necessary business content knowledge, English language and Masters level study skills. A minimum of 18 class hours per week in small classes of no more than 14 students, the Pre-Masters includes:

  • Personal language development with a focus on business English
  • Academic skills for study at Masters level: : for example, you learn to participate confidently in seminars, workshops and  group discussions as well as upgrade your oral presentation, academic reading and writing skills
  • Exploration of a range of case studies to develop and improve your knowledge and approach to the study of International Business
  • Weekly individual tutorial guidance on your progress and personal development strategies

 

MSc International Business Studies

The MSc prepares you to work as a business manager in an international environment. It gives you experience of a wide range of modules covering many aspects of international business.

 

 

 

 

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 October - December  Pre-Masters
MSc International Business Studies:
 January - May  Semester 1 - Taught modules
 May - September  Semester 2 - Taught modules
 September - December  Dissertation

 

Pre-Masters

The Pre-Masters is a 10-week practical, project-based course which covers the necessary business content knowledge, English language and Masters level study skills for you to be successful in business studies at postgraduate level.  If you have a third class honours degree you need to successfully complete the Pre-Masters before moving on to the MSc programme, as outlined below. The Pre-masters provides a minimum of 18 class hours per week in small classes of no more than 14 students. The Pre-Masters includes:

  • Personal language development with a focus on business English
  • Academic skills for study at Masters level: for example, you learn to participate confidently in seminars, workshops and  group discussions as well as upgrade your oral presentation, academic reading and writing skills
  • Exploration of a range of case studies to develop and improve your knowledge of international business
  • Weekly individual tutorial guidance on your progress and your personal development strategies

Assessment is included within the main elements and, at the end of 10 weeks, you need to complete the assessed tasks successfully (minimum 50%) to move on to the MSc programme. If you are not successful at your first attempt, you can improve and resubmit each assessment task one further time.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.

Our Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. It also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Bognor Regis campus – where you will be based

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. Just like Bishop Otter campus, we offer thousands of collections of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

Our brand new, award-winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

This programme focuses on developing your managerial and general business knowledge and skills required to operate successfully and excel in an international business environment. You will develop the cultural awareness to enable you to make an impact in an international commercial environment. After completing the course, you will have a strong grounding in international business and will be well placed to pursue careers relating to international business within a range of organisations or business environments.

Indicative modules

Semester One Modules

Accounting and Finance

Principles underlying financial accounting and management accounting and investment.

Global Economics

Managerial economics with a focus on markets and companies, international macroeconomics issues and global sustainability.

Management

Organisational behaviour including personal and inter-personal skills involved in management issues.

Marketing

Management of key elements of marketing strategies including critical assessment of marketing scenarios.

 

Semester Two Modules

Global Marketing

Practices of international marketing with a focus on multinational companies.  

International Business

Exploration of economic, financial, psychological, sociological, logistical and management issues at an international scale.

Research Methods

Approaches, methods and data collection for research in international business including market research strategies.

Strategic Management

Concepts of strategic management in multi-national corporations and smaller businesses. 

Dissertation

During the final 3 months of your programme, you work individually with a personal tutor to carry out and report on your own original research. You can, in agreement with your tutor, focus on any aspect of international business.

Teaching and assessment

Pre-Masters

Assessment is included within the main elements and, after 10 weeks, you will need to complete the assessed tasks successfully (minimum 50%) to move on to the MSc programme.

Should you not be successful at your first attempt, you will be able to improve and resubmit each assessment task one further time.

MSc International Business

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to support the workplace environment.  With this in mind, we place a lot of emphasis on course work related activity.

There will be group work both assessed and non-assessed and individual assignments based on real life scenarios and current affairs. You will have 10 weeks of course work per module and a final assignment for each module.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

Fees

Pre-Masters + MSc International Buiness (15 months: October - December) £15,600

MSc International Business (12 months: January- December) £12,600

Pre-Sessional English

  • 10 week programme (from IELTS 5.5)  £2700*
  • 5 week programme (from IELTS 6.0)   £1350*

*This fee includes all tuition and assessment as well as a complementary programme of evening and weekend activities. Please note that charges (approximately £10 per event) for optional off-campus activities will apply.