Business, Management and Finance Pre-Master's - GDip

Develop your knowledge and understanding of organizations, 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.

Kent's Pre-Master's in Business, Management and Finance provides international students with a route to postgraduate study in a range of postgraduate degrees at Kent Business School.

The programme focuses on developing your academic subject knowledge for postgraduate study while improving your academic skills and English language proficiency.

Overview

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 behavior, management, and sustainability of organizations
  • the processes, procedures, and practices for effective management of organizations 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.

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

You can develop your independent study and research skills through a combination of skills and subject modules delivered by Kent International Pathways at the Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL).

About Kent Business School

Kent Business School 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 organizations 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 the staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi, and Kent County Council.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools.

Course structure

The Pre-Master's is a modular course which runs for two terms, starting in January. The accelerated structure is uniquely designed to prepare you for postgraduate study in your chosen field. You take modules in English and Skills for Specific Academic Purposes, a series of core subject modules and then choose a number of modules from your chosen academic specialism.

Modules

The course structure below is currently under revision and will be updated shortly.

The listing is based on the current curriculum and may change from year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. The programme will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules.

Modules may include, Credits

  • CB514 - Operations Management, 15
  • CB676 - Strategy Analysis and Tools, 15
  • LA525 - Extended Independent Research Skills, 30
  • CB751 - Psychology of the Contemporary Workplace, 15
  • CB933 - Marketing, 15
  • CB733 - Business Ethics and Sustainable Management, 15
  • CB746 - Cross-Cultural Management, 15
  • CB658 - Diversity in Organisations, 15
  • - Service Management, 15
  • CB587 - Digital Marketing Strategy, 15

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment is through a combination of:

  • coursework assignments
  • seminar contribution
  • written seen/unseen examinations
  • evaluation of contributions to discussions, both ‘face to face’ and online
  • presentations
  • project reports

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • develop your knowledge and understanding of organizations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed
  • raise your level of spoken and written English for business and management studies to that required for potential entry to a Master’s level programme in the area of business and management (or to enhance written and spoken linguistic skills if English is your first language or you are already proficient).
  • develop an understanding of the international environment in which organizations operate and an international perspective on business and management issues
  • develop an appropriate range of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain a knowledge and understanding of:

  • organizations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed; the dynamic and changing nature of the business and the consideration of the future of organizations within the global business environment
  • the effects of the external environment, including economic, environmental, cultural and ethical, at local, national and global levels upon the behavior, management, and sustainability of organizations
  • the processes, procedures, and practices for effective management of organizations 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 & values; operations management; communications; strategy; innovation, and social responsibility

Intellectual skills

You gain the following intellectual skills:

  • cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis.
  • effective problem solving and decision making.
  • the ability to assess a range of options together with the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a range of situations

Subject-specific skills

You gain the ability to:

  • understand the interrelatedness of different aspects of the business.
  • identify, formulate and solve business problems.
  • create, evaluate and assess a range of options together with the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a range of situations.
  • effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, using a range of media which are widely used in business such as the preparation and presentation of business reports.
  • conduct research into business and management issues.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • spoken and written English appropriate to the study of business and management.
  • effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behavior, motivation, self-starting, individual initiative and enterprise.
  • interpersonal skills of effective listening and presentation.
  • learning to learn and a continuing appetite for learning

Careers

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma (and through meeting the University's progression and English language requirements), you can choose from a number of postgraduate degree programmes offered within KBS including:

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

Professional recognition

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).

Entry requirements

The equivalent of an honors degree from the UK or other approved university in a related subject, or an equivalent professional qualification.

We will consider applicants holding equivalent qualifications or work experience.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.

English language entry requirements

English Language requirement: IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each section.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 7, 2018
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