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Course content

This course will develop your understanding of the global business environment and enable you to function effectively in an international business context, or in a range of other settings in which a high level of understanding of international business is an asset.

This flexible course will provide you with comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of international business management, including key theories and concepts.

There is a focus on developing an understanding of emerging trends and issues in international business, such as the importance of emerging markets, the quest for sustainability and global innovation.

You will have the option to focus in the areas of international business management relevant to your needs and interests. 

At Aberdeen Business School, we are in the business of changing your tomorrow.

What you will study


You will develop your knowledge of the basic elements and techniques of management. There is an emphasis on developing an understanding of how business operates in a global context.


The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.


You will begin to critically review and manipulate a range of analytical tools and demonstrate an ability to analyse, plan and undertake effective leadership and executive decision-making. You will develop your transferable skills in interpersonal communication and teamwork, and the use of financial and other management information.

Teaching and assessment

On Campus Study

There is 12 hours of timetabled classes per week with a further 12 hours of directed and individual study. The course uses a workshop type approach with flexible module sessions normally of 3 hours per week for each module. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos and e-books).

Online Distance Learning

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers you flexibility of where and when you can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. CampusMoodle will provide you with lectures and course materials, discussion forums and live chat.


  • Seminars - 30 students per group, 12 hours per week (on-campus mode only)
  • Independent Study - 24 hours per week


The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. The main vehicle for independent learning is the Capstone Project where you will develop your learning in many aspects: the nature of research, writing a proposal, sourcing relevant information, data collection and analysis, research ethics and presenting work.


Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Other staff members include industry professionals, guest lecturers, staff with Research experience or past Postgraduate Research students.


Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 8 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation

Job prospects

For those already working in business management, at a junior or middle manager level, you will be able to progress your career into an international position. If you are looking to enter this field and have no relevant formal qualifications, this course will allow you to gain the necessary business and management knowledge.

Previous graduates have gone on to set up their own business, pursue careers in international banking, business and with international trade organisations.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

Visit the International Business (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!






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