The International Pre-Masters Certificate in Business and English is designed to prepare non-native English speaking students for postgraduate study in business related disciplines.
The aims of the course are to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to confidently achieve at postgraduate level in a business discipline.
The course aims to develop your understanding of key business vocabulary, theories and concepts integral to postgraduate business courses, and your linguistic competence in specific Business English to enable successful study at postgraduate level. It also aims to develop your academic, cognitive, meta-cognitive and professional skills required for successful study at postgraduate level in a business-related area, and to provide you with the necessary personal, professional, interpersonal and key skills to enable development as independent, autonomous learners in preparation for postgraduate study.
The course is delivered in two modules
You have the opportunity to carry out research projects with local and regional organisations, which will be an enriching cultural experience and enhance your employment prospects.
Successfully completing the course enables you to choose from a range of postgraduate courses to suit your interests and career development needs. These are available at Sheffield Hallam and other academic institutions.
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If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for a discount on your fees on a full-time Sheffield Business School postgraduate beginning in September.
The course focuses on three areas of skills and knowledge
Full-time – 12 weeks
September to December for masters courses starting in January.
Study and Research Skills for Business
The Study and Research Skills for Business module constitutes the larger proportion of the two modules during the twelve week course. In this module you will
Principles of Business
The Principles of Business module provides you with fundamentals of Business Strategy, Global Business and Finance. The module is designed to give students an understanding and appreciation of the contemporary issues faced by businesses, both within national and international markets.
It will interlink three broad subject areas: Strategic Management, Business Practice and Financial Management and will introduce students to the fundamental features and concepts of business management. For those students who do possess some business experience the module will provide academic underpinning to their business practise.
By engaging successfully with this module a student will be able to appreciate and appraise different theories and frameworks in the context of Business and Management, evaluate real life company situations by applying conceptual knowledge and understanding of business practice, and apply theories, concepts and frameworks to analyse and evaluate practical management solutions and formulate operational strategies.
This is a pre-masters course which allows you to progress to a postgraduate course leading to many careers in all business-related areas.
If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for a discount on your fees for a full-time Sheffield Business School postgraduate beginning in September.
The course is designed in such a way that it contributes towards Sheffield Hallam University Postgraduate attributes. High level transferable skills, such as knowledge application, creative and critical thinking, research and enquiry are integral to the course. You will be encouraged to develop skills that will underpin your future academic and professional development. For example, during the assessed debate students propose a new sales strategy for a UK company, and present and defend their idea to their peers who take on the role of directors of different departments of the company, understanding the different drivers from each area of the company in the decision-making process.
The modules include case studies, team working and industry examples. Module content and related assessment will focus on past and present business scenarios and will form a vital chain in connecting theory with practice. These situations and practice led examples will enhance the student experience and will count towards greater student employability.
A major enhancement to the course will be the opportunity for you to carry out an assessed project based on real-world business problems faced by local organisations, which will be supported by the Venture Matrix team and by module tutors. The project aims to enhance your business awareness and take an enquiry-based approach to learning. The opportunity to visit and communicate regularly with a company will be particularly beneficial to you as an international student from the point of view of business engagement and real-life practical experience. You will be supported through this experience by the module teaching team to propose research-led solutions to a real business issue for a real company.
Examples of previous projects have included market research for a luxury snack company, researching new markets for a local engineering manufacturer, investigating the potential for a sportswear start-up and a competitor analysis for an online service provider.
Enrol on our online Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management to develop your understanding of management practice, increase your awareness of current frameworks, theories and tools and enhance your ability to plan and implement workplace change.
Our Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management offers an advanced qualification useful to graduates who wish to become effective leaders and managers.
After completing our PG Cert in Business and Management, you have a number of options to continue your personal and professional development.
You can continue your journey by progressing onto our MSc Business and Management programme, or you can choose to specialise with our MSc Business with Finance, MSc Business with Human Resources or MSc Business with Marketing course.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits at Level 7.
Level 7 modules:
(Please note: If you plan to progress onto either our Management, HR, Finance or Marketing pathway, you must choose the appropriate modules for each pathway. Our Admissions team will be able to advise you on the appropriate choice for you.)
You can choose to continue your journey with our 120-credit PG Diploma Business and Management, PG Diploma Business with Finance, PG Diploma Business with Human Resources or PG Diploma Business with Marketingcourses. Or you can continue your journey by progressing onto our 180-credit MSc Business and Management, MSc Business with Finance, MSc Business with Human Resources or MSc Business with Marketing courses.
Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.
All of our online courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.
All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.
Teaching methods and style
As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.
This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.
You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.
We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management is based on a combination of written coursework.
You are always aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve. We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your postgraduate course. We achieve this by:
We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.
We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.
A postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. Recent surveys show that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level and less likely to be unemployed. For some jobs, a postgraduate qualification may be essential, for others it offers a competitive edge.
As companies seek out the business managers with the most advanced skills to respond to changes in the economy and marketplace, a Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Management could give you the competitive edge you need to advance to these upper level positions.
This industry-accredited Masters prepares you to conduct business in a global context.
Our cutting-edge research will feed into your learning, allowing you to consider the latest critical thinking and emerging issues in international business, such as the rise of emerging market multinationals and global innovation.
You’ll identify the motives and means of servicing foreign markets, address controversial issues in international business, formulate your own international and strategic business plans and appreciate the factors that drive performance in the global economy. In addition, you’ll explore how the rise of emerging economies affects businesses and their international strategies.
With our strong corporate links you’ll have a range of opportunities for practical development, including work-based research and consultancy projects in the UK and overseas. You’ll gain hands-on, analytical and problem solving skills relevant to a wide range of careers.
Teaching on the course is informed by our leading research expertise and specialist knowledge in international business, providing you with the latest thinking and developments in international strategy.
The Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL) is recognised as the world’s leading research centre for international business. We unite leading global experts and work alongside major private companies and public sector bodies.
Our research identifies the latest critical understanding and trends in the fast-changing global landscape, giving you access to cutting-edge knowledge as it unfolds.
The course is ranked 2nd in the world and 1st in the UK for International Business teaching and research (Financial Times Masters in Management 2016).
MSc International Business is accredited by the Institute of Export (IOE), the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade. Students receive IOE membership for one year, providing access to a database of networking and job opportunities.
The course is also accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), who named this “a world-leading programme”. AMBA accreditation recognises the high quality levels of teaching at Leeds in line with their independent standards.
The course starts with an intensive two-week induction to introduce you to the methods of teaching, course content and relationship between the course and your career aspirations.
From there, you’ll build your knowledge of international business theory and improve your confidence using quantitative methods. You’ll gain a good grounding in economics for business and think about important debates in international business, such as those around intellectual property, labour issues and sustainability.
You’ll explore topics such as strategic management and entering foreign markets. At the same time, you’ll build research skills and learn about the different methodologies used to research international business.
Throughout the year you’ll take core modules which develop your professional skills for the workplace and prepare you for the challenges of managing organisations and individuals across different cultural contexts. You’ll also select optional modules on topics that suit your interests or career plans, from business ethics to intellectual capital.
By the end of the course, you’ll also submit an independent project. You can either research a topic in-depth and submit a dissertation, or gain practical experience through a consultancy-style project working with an external organisation.
You’ll study ten compulsory modules including your dissertation.
You’ll take two optional modules, normally one in each of the two teaching semesters.
Many of our academics are experts in their fields, and their up-to-date research informs teaching on the course. We use a range of teaching methods so you can benefit from their expertise including lectures, workshops, seminars, simulations and tutorials. Company case studies, projects and business plan competitions provide an opportunity to put your learning into practice.
Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.
They include formal exams, group projects, simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs. Optional modules may also use other assessment methods, depending on what you choose.
Career opportunities for international business graduates are vast. Multinational organisations particularly favour employees who have the ability to work confidently across, and within, a range of different markets.
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to diverse careers in top firms worldwide, including as business analysts, country managers, product managers, trading executives, buyers, business development managers and roles in financial services. Others have sought to internationalise their own family business.
The MSc International Business also offers an excellent grounding for academic studies at PhD level.
Throughout the course you will be supported by a dedicated Professional Development Tutor. They work in partnership with our academics to help you translate theory into practice and develop your interpersonal and professional business skills.
They contribute to an interactive Professional Skills module, helping you develop the transferable skills that will greatly enhance your employability. They also develop and manage relationships with international employers and alumni, to provide you with tailored support for your career.
You can expect support to produce your own professional development plan, guidance on career choices, assistance in identifying and applying for jobs, coaching on interpersonal skills and exposure to international business practitioners.
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:
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.
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:
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.
The Graduate Diploma in Business will support you in managing the transition into one of our postgraduate degrees. The programme offers both integrated English language development for business as well as subject specific modules, designed to give you a detailed understanding and knowledge of how business works.
The first 3 language based modules for the Graduate Diploma focus on key skills and language development to provide you with a strong foundation of English for academic purposes. As you progress to Semester 2, our business modules will provide you with a detailed understanding and knowledge of how business works and will teach you the skills and confidence required to study successfully on our Masters programmes.
-Northumbria University’s Newcastle Business School is part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation
-Build your English language and academic skills to gain entry onto a Masters programme
-Choose whether to progress onto a postgraduate programmes at our London campus, or if you wish to experience another vibrant student city, you can study a whole range of postgraduate programmes at our main campus in Newcastle.
The first 3 modules (Communicative Skills for Business in Listening and Speaking, Communicative Skills for Business in Reading and Writing and Applied Language Development) will help you to develop core English communication skills using both leading English for Academic Purposes textbooks and the type of authentic materials such as lectures and journal articles used in the later 2 modules: Business and Management in Context and Developing Academic Skills for Business and Management.
By successfully completing these modules you will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence required to study successfully on our Masters programmes.
During the course of this programme you will have access to the interventions currently offered to all undergraduate Newcastle Business School students that seek to develop a range of attitudes and attributes that will put you in a competitive position when entering the job market.
This course is taught using a range of methods, including: lectures, seminars, and tutorials.
Each module of study is assessed by coursework assignments, end-of-module examinations, or both.
The Graduate Diploma in Business is specifically for students who want to progress on to one of our Masters in Business programmes, but don’t yet meet the entry requirement.
Upon successful completion of the course (subject to a minimum pass mark) you will be guaranteed a place on one of our Masters in Business programmes at either campus.
-MA Design Management
-MSc Business with Financial Management
-MSc Business with Financial Management with Advanced Practice
-MSc Business with International Management
-MSc Business with International Management with Advanced Practice
-MSc Business with Marketing Management
-MSc Business with Marketing Management with Advanced Practice
-MSc Computing and Information Technology
-MSc Digital Marketing
This programme consists of 5 modules designed to develop your academic and language skills, as well as introduce you to core business topics. Your communicative skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing will be developed using business relevant contexts. The modules also focus on your academic skills in teamwork, critical thinking, research and learning styles. In the Business and Management in Context module you will be introduced to contemporary business issues.
Please visit the course page for more information on module content.