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: Three terms
  • Age on entry: 17+
  • Start date: October or January
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Entry requirements

Check our academic and English language entry requirements

Fees

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Jumpstart your success

If you’re looking to study a business or finance degree at a top-ranking UK university, the International Year Two offers a fast-track route to your graduation. You will begin your studies in the second year of your degree, allowing you to graduate in just three years. Your journey begins by spending three terms at the International Study Centre, which will help you to gain the skills to study the final two years of your degree at the University.

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.

Our modules are specially designed to help international students like you to succeed at the University. Designed in partnership with University academics and taught in the same style as at the University, you will develop both your English language skills and subject knowledge by choosing to follow one of two academic routes.

Term 1

  • Economics of Business & Society 2

    This module covers:

    • microeconomic concepts and principles
    • demand and supply
    • averages and at the margin
    • government regulation of economic activities
    • normative and positive analysis
    • societal welfare
    • the historical development of economics as a social science
  • Accounting & Entrepreneurship 2

    This module covers:

    • management accounting
    • classification of costs
    • marginal and absorption costing
    • break-even analysis
    • management accounting for decision-making
    • introduction to budgeting and cash flow

Term 2

  • International Business 2

    This module covers:

    • business organisations
    • marketing
    • human resource
    • management
    • operations
    • innovation
    • corporate social responsibility
    • international markets
    • gender
    • political, cultural, technological, legal and environmental issues

  • Global Economy 2

    This module covers:

    • causes of the recent financial crisis
    • macroeconomic issues and problems
    • the Keynesian model and fiscal policy
    • unemployment and inflation
    • the financial system and the macroeconomy
    • trade and exchange rates
  • Understanding Statistics

    This module covers:

    • organising and representing data
    • averages and variability
    • probability and decision making
    • probability distributions
    • sampling distribution
    • estimation
    • hypothesis testing
    • chi-square tests
    • correlation and regression

Term 3

  • Managing Organisations

    This module covers:

    • management models and theories
    • managing organisational structures and practices
    • diversity and managing change and conflict in the workplace
    • managing performance and development
    • managing innovations
    • mechanisms of control
    • organisational development
    • organisational change
  • Financial Markets

    This module covers:

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

    This module covers:

    • marketing concept
    • marketing environment
    • marketing mix
    • marketing in practice
  • Finance, Risk & Investment 2

    This module covers:

    • investment and financial risk
    • types of risks and measuring risks
    • value-at-risk and volatility modelling
    • interest rate risk measurement
    • operational risk management for financial institutions
    • credit risks, credit derivatives
    • managing risks
    • regulatory framework on managing risks
  • Operational Management

    This module covers:

    • operations strategy
    • designing jobs/products/services
    • process types and process layout
    • capacity management
    • supply chain management
    • inventory management
    • lean operations and JIT
    • quality management
    • process technology
    • project management
  • Business Finance 2

    This module includes:

    • models of financial valuation, including discounted cash flow and variants
    • development of models of organisations’ financing, including analysis of debt and equity choices
    • portfolio analysis and the basics of portfolio selection and performance measurement
    • contemporary developments in the finance of businesses and in financial markets
An international student sitting outside of the Sir Duncan Rice Library on the University of Aberdeen campus

I really like the University of Aberdeen's campus, because it has a lot of history. I like Aberdeen and the weather. It’s always raining and windy, but it’s also always sunny. I think this town is safe, it’s small but safe, and is very good for living there and studying there.

Bella from China
Studying MSc International Business Management

Progress to your degree

By competing the International Year Two pathway and achieving the required grades, you are able to transition to the third year of your business or finance degree at Aberdeen. This pathway offers multiple available progression degrees, all of which are MA (Master of Arts) degrees. This is an undergraduate degree equivalent to a BA degree. The International Year Two leads to the following degrees:

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