Undergraduate Foundation Programme with International Year Two in Business Management & Finance

Kickstart your career in business and get the support you need to succeed at a top-ranking UK university.

Key facts
  • Programme length: Five or six terms
  • Age on entry: 17+
  • Start date: October or January (six terms), March (five terms)
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Entry requirements

Check our academic and English language entry requirements


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Two years of care and support

Our Undergraduate Foundation Programme with International Year Two offers two academic years of care and support, as well as business school preparation, to international students looking to study an undergraduate degree in the UK. After this, you will then be ready to complete the last two years of your degree at the University of Aberdeen.

What will I study?

You will have the choice of spending five or six terms with us at the International Study Centre, studying a curriculum covering both subject specific modules and English language preparation. Based in the heart of campus, our expert courses are taught in the same style as those at the University, making your transition to the third year of your degree an easy one.

Term 1

  • Accounting & Entrepreneurship

    This module covers:

    • introduction to book-keeping and double-entry
    • accounting conventions
    • accounting equation, transaction, recording and trail balance production
    • depreciation, bad debt and stock adjustment
    • extended trial balance with period end adjustment and financial statements
    • difference between cash and profit
  • Economics of Business & Society

    This module covers:

    • microeconomic concepts and principles
    • equilibrium in markets
    • demand and supply
    • analysis in terms of totals, averages and at the margin
    • government regulation of economic activities and the provision of some goods and services
    • normative and positive analysis
    • societal welfare

Term 2

  • Finance, Risk & Investment

    This module covers:

    • the role of financial institutions
    • the characteristics of assets such as bonds, equities and real estate
    • concepts such as the time value of money, present and future value, risk and return, valuation and the cost of capital are developed
    • introduction to the concept of personal financial planning
    • the regulatory environment within which financial markets operate and financial products are sold
  • The Global Economy

    This module covers:

    • macroeconomics
    • economic recession and depression
    • why some nations have high rates of inflation and others stable prices or deflation
    • why unemployment is higher in some countries than others

Term 3

  • Managing Organisations

    This module covers:

    • what makes organisations such a powerful and ubiquitous feature of the modern world
    • the ways in which organisations depend on the activities of individuals to maintain them
    • why organisations have grown to dominate around the world
    • structures and managerial practices that enable people to work together effectively
  • Understanding Statistics

    This module covers:

    • introduction to statistical software
    • sorting and classifying data
    • averages and variability
    • probability and decision making
    • probability distributions
    • sampling distribution
    • estimation
    • hypothesis testing

Term 4

  • Operational Management

    This module covers:

    • operations strategy
    • designing jobs, products and services
    • process types and process layout
    • supply chain management
    • inventory management
    • lean operations and JIT
    • quality management
    • process technology
    • projects and project management
  • Marketing

    This module covers:

    • marketing concept
    • marketing environment
    • marketing mix
    • marketing in practice

Term 5

  • Business Finance

    This module covers:

    • introduction to models of financial valuation
    • development of models of organisations’ financing, including analysis of debt and equity choices
    • portfolio analysis, the basics of portfolio selection and performance measurement
    • Contemporary developments in the finance of businesses and in financial markets
  • Financial Markets

    This module covers

    • financial markets
    • banking: retail and wholesale, and regulation
    • non-bank financial institutions
    • credit ratings
    • financial crisis
    • foreign exchange markets
    • developed and developing markets
    • governance and ethics
    • globalisation of financial markets

Term 6

  • International Business

    This module covers:

    • the Capitalist revolution
    • technology, population, growth and innovation
    • globalisation
    • scarcity
    • firms, demand and markets
    • supply, demand and markets
    • business ethics
  • Academic Practice in Business

    This module covers:

    • study of academic writing process
    • study of selection of sources for academic study in business
    • study of exam techniques
    • study of referencing and citation styles within business
    • study of research methodologies within business
    • study of critical thinking and analysis
    • practice of academic oral and writing skills
An international student sitting outside of the Sir Duncan Rice Library on the University of Aberdeen campus

I recommend international students come to the UK as it's a totally different education environment. It engages students, just to speak your ideas in class and in lectures. Especially at Aberdeen, the teachers there are very friendly and the classmates all each help other.

Bella from China
Studying MSc International Business Management

Progress to your degree

Once you have completed the pathway and achieved the necessary grades, you are able to transition to the degree of your choice at the University. This programme prepares you to begin your degree in your third year, ensuring you graduate from the typical Scottish four-year degree. You will progress to an MA degree, or Master of Arts, which is an undergraduate degree equivalent to a BA. By completing this pathway, you will be able to progress to the following degrees:


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