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This programme is for international students who may not qualify for direct entry on to a Master's programme for a number of reasons.Develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed. Read more
This programme is for international students who may not qualify for direct entry on to a Master's programme for a number of reasons.Develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed. Build your language skills with dedicated modules in English for the purposes of study in the fields of business and finance and develop a broad set of academic skills to prepare you for a Master's degree in business, management or finance.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Key benefits

Kent Business School (KBS) has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at KBS gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

Course detail

On this programme you learn about:

the effects of the external environment, including economic, environmental, cultural and ethical, at local, national and global levels upon the behaviour, management, and sustainability of organisations
the processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations including the management of people and corporate social responsibility
the development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment, especially in relation to: marketing; finance; cross-cultural issues; diversity and values; operations management; communications; strategy; innovation, and social responsibility.

Purpose

You develop critical thinking and analysis skills, as well as effective problem-solving and decision-making. You also learn to apply ideas to various situations via effective oral and written communication, including the preparation and presentation of business reports and an aptitude to conduct research into business and management issues.

You can develop your independent study and research skills through a combination of subject modules within KBS. You also have the opportunity to improve your English language competence through dedicated modules offered by Kent International Pathways at the Centre for English and World Languages.

Format and assessment

On successful completion of the Pre- Master's (and through meeting the University’s rules of progression and English language requirements), you can choose from a number of postgraduate degree programmes offered within Kent Business School including:


Business Analytics MSc
Finance and Management MSc
Human Resource Management MSc
International Accounting and Finance MSc
International Banking and Finance MSc
International Business and Economic Development MSc
Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
Management (International Business) MSc
Management Science 
Marketing MSc


How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/1699/business-management-and-finance-pre-masters

Why study at The University of Kent?

- We are a top 25 university, offering inspirational teaching alongside first-class library and IT facilities
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research intensity, confirming us as one of the UK's most prestigious research universities and 97% of our research is deemed to be of international quality

*of 122 universities not including specialist institutions; rankings are taken from the Times Higher Education, Jan 2015

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We offer one £4,000 tuition fee scholarship for our Pre-Master’s programme:
Find out more:https://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/premasters-gdips/fees-and-schol.html

The University of Kent has a range of scholarship funds to support postgraduates. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/pre-sessional/

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Choose this pre-masters course if you are an international student (non-native speaker of English) planning on studying for a masters in business, management, finance or related studies. Read more
Choose this pre-masters course if you are an international student (non-native speaker of English) planning on studying for a masters in business, management, finance or related studies. You improve your English language proficiency and business knowledge to a level which allows you entry onto selected postgraduate courses. The course provides an equal balance of English language development and knowledge of business, management and finance.

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.

Sheffield Business School runs postgraduate courses in:
-Accounting, banking and finance.
-Business and management.
-Food and nutrition.
-Tourism, hospitality and events.

If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for a 25% discount on your fees on a full-time Sheffield Business School postgraduate beginning in September.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/graduate-diploma-business-and-english-premasters-course

Course structure

Full time – 33 weeks. January to August for masters courses starting in September.

Course content
Language development and academic skills modules
-Academic English
-Study and research skills for business

Business modules
-Contemporary business management practice
-Financial business management

Assessment: coursework, project work, individual assignments, group projects, oral presentations, timed assessments.

Other admission details

If you successfully complete this course, we will make you an unconditional offer to study one of our postgraduate courses in:
-Business and management.
-Facilities management.
-Finance.
-Food and nutrition.
-Languages.
-Tourism, hospitality and events management.
If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 5.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score in order to progress onto the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. Students who pass a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course will receive a 10% discount on the course fee for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English.

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This fast track to CIPD Associate membership allows you to develop the skills required for a successful career in human resources management. Read more
This fast track to CIPD Associate membership allows you to develop the skills required for a successful career in human resources management. Taking a critical approach to HR, you will underpin your learning by attending industry events and engaging with practitioners and CIPD members.

This course is ideal for those who wish to pursue Chartered membership of the CIPD while developing advanced study and research skills. As a student on this full-time fast-track course, you will increase your understanding of HR and its potential to create competitive
advantage. Develop your strategic thinking and professional competence through a curriculum aligned to the CIPD’s knowledge requirements and diversify your skills by taking modules within the university’s Business School. It takes an innovative approach to
learning, teaching and assessment, including case studies, problem-based learning, expert guest lecturers and core subject lectures – underpinned by business application.

You will be supported by teaching staff, many of whom are chartered members of the CIPD with practitioner and consultant backgrounds. You will benefit from guest speakers with specialised areas of experience and the opportunity to attend an employment tribunal or other HR related event. The department has a strong relationship with the Gloucestershire branch of the CIPD and students are required to attend on-campus CI PD events where they can network with professionals from around the region.

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