The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

Contact

Overview

The MSc International Management and Business Communication programme concentrates on developing English-language communication skills in business contexts. While students on this programme are not required to work in any language other than English, the skills you develop can of course be applied in any professional communication context, regardless of language. There is a broad range of optional courses in professionally relevant subjects so that students can choose exactly which areas they would like to specialise in and can therefore tailor the programme to their interests and their professional needs.

If you would like to pursue study of another language in addition to English, you may prefer to take the MSc Translating for Business degree, which allows you to develop language, communication and translation skills specific to a business context in English plus your choice of one or two other languages from French, German and Spanish.

Programme duration

  • MSc - 12 months (full-time), 24 months (part-time)
  • PG Diploma - 9 months (full-time), 21 months (part-time)
Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide
Semester 1 (Sept - Dec) Semester 2 (Jan - April)
International Business Context Business Economics
Business Communication Research in International Business Communication
Two optional courses
to be chosen from a range including:
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Contemporary Consumers
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Performing Identities: Festivals and Global Heritage
  • Intercultural Communication in the Workplace
  • International Politics
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Work Culture and Organisations
  • Beginner language courses in French, German, Spanish, Chinese, British Sign Language
Two optional courses
to be chosen from a range including:
  • Branding and Communications
  • Human Resource Management
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Sustainable Development
  • International Marketing
  • International Trade Law
  • Issues and Trends in Tourism
  • Managing Diversity in Business
  • Project Management
  • Beginner language courses in French, German, Spanish, Chinese, British Sign Language

Between May and August students undertake their MSc dissertation.

International Business

Semester 1 (mandatory)

This course looks at the international business environment, including the forces of globalisation, economic development, corporate social responsibility, resource issues and strategic developments.

Business Communication

Semester 1 (mandatory)

This course is a practical writing course in which students become familiar with different types of business texts and develop the skills necessary for producing such texts on the basis of oral and other written sources. Activities are carefully designed to reflect professional practice.

Business Economics

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Provides knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics and to be able to apply this knowledge and understanding in the analysis of a range of economic problems.

Research in International Business Communication

Semester 2 (mandatory)

This course familiarises students with research in international business communication and prepares them for the MSc dissertation by affording them the opportunity to undertake their own independent research project.

Additional information

Guest lectures

Guest lectures are also given by senior business and communications professionals as well as leading academics.

Entry requirements

Good (first or second class) Honours degree, or its non-UK equivalent, from a recognised British or overseas university.

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of their English language ability. This must be IELTS, or equivalent, of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0).

Applicants with a degree in a directly related area and/or relevant professional experience and language background should contact us for an informal assessment of suitability as a candidate

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7168 £3584 £896**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7168 £3584 £896**
Overseas £15560 £7780 £1945**

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course (module). Refer to the Course Content to see how many courses comprise the full programme.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.