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MA International Business with German

UCAS code: N1R2

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Business School

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Accreditation
Study abroad

Introducing MA International Business with German

Prepare for the social, political and cultural challenges facing contemporary businesses, governments and not-for-profit organisations by studying International Business with German.

You will develop the personal and professional competences required to work across a range of roles in contemporary business including:

  • accountancy and finance
  • strategy
  • marketing
  • human resource management
  • data analytics
  • entrepreneurship and innovation

Taught by world-leading industry professionals and researchers, you can specialise in areas of business such as:

  • Global Business
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
  • Eco Innovation
  • Future of Work
  • Theories and Techniques of Persuasion

German

Ranking in the World Top 20 languages, with more native speakers in Europe than any other, German makes an excellent partner subject to International Business. On this programme, you will learn spoken and written German, enabling you to communicate effectively in a range of contexts.

International Business

You will specialise in international business in Year 2 and examine areas such as:

  • the different types of foreign market entry strategy
  • the world trade regime
  • the various elements that comprise this environment e.g. EU / NAFTA

Your studies will also include:

  • the role of the multinational enterprise and the process of foreign direct investment
  • cultural issues
  • technology
  • intellectual property rights and finance
  • interaction between governments and investors

Your language skills in German will be further developed in writing, translation and grammar, including oral language practicals. You will choose from a range of courses in German culture and society, enabling you to acquire vital cultural competence in the areas of your choice.

Compulsory year abroad

You will have a compulsory study abroad year in Year 3 at one of our international partner institutions in a German-speaking country. You will experience at first hand different cultures and approaches and develop your understanding of the international environment, including foreign language study.

Who is the programme is for?

This programme is particularly suitable if you are looking for a breadth of international business understanding. The programme is appropriate for those aspiring to undertake a career in international management, and those seeking further educational opportunities. German speakers are highly sought after by British employers, particularly those with links to the German economy, the fourth largest in the world.

Environment for learning

We offer a supportive and encouraging environment where you can grow and develop. Our student experience team offer an extensive range of pastoral and professional provision to support you on your undergraduate journey.

We provide many and varied opportunities for you to engage in co- and extra-curricular activities. Our dedicated Student Development Team can help you develop a range of essential business graduate competencies.

Further development opportunities

You may take undergraduate Edinburgh Awards supported by an alumni professional mentor and trained coaches:

  • Personal and Professional Development (Year 2)
  • Effective and Responsible Leadership (Year 3 or 4)

Edinburgh Award

You can also participate in a large number of business societies, business events and peer-support schemes.

Accreditation

Our School and programmes are accredited by a range of world-leading business education organisations and professional bodies, and we have strong links to the world of practice through research, consultancy and teaching.

This ensures that our School and programmes are:

  • attuned to world-leading thinking and practice in Business Education
  • actively and continuously engaging with, and responding to the needs of employers

It also ensures that you will be work-ready and prepared for entering the diverse range of globally available career opportunities post-graduation.

Details of our accreditation and rankings

This programme holds double accreditation from international ranking bodies:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)

Year 1

Your studies will focus on key themes of understanding the nature of business including:

  • organisational forms
  • the impact of globalisation and global inequality
  • the shift to a low-carbon economy
  • the impact of technology and digital disruption

You will gain an insight into the practice of management by using examples of widely-used concepts and techniques in local businesses and the day-to-day role of managers. This will include guest lectures, cases and recorded interviews, developed in partnership with local organisations.

You will study Global Challenges for Business and The Business of Edinburgh which introduce key concepts of management and business including:

  • strategy
  • finance
  • marketing
  • management of people

Accounting

You will take an accounting course where you will:

  • examine the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting
  • explore the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision making
  • learn how accounting relates to the broader context of the strategic and operational aspects of business

German

You will study the German language, both spoken and written, focusing on grammatical structures, and you will cover a range of historical and contemporary topics.

Optional course

The first year also allows you the opportunity to study an optional course. This may be in business, such as:

  • planning for a start-up
  • creative business thinking

However, you can choose options from other schools within the university (subject to availability and timetabling constraints). Examples include:

  • languages
  • art
  • history
  • economics
  • psychology
  • literature
  • sociology
  • geography
  • mathematics

Year 2

You will broaden your knowledge of essential business subjects through the compulsory study of statistical analysis and data interpretation, and international business.

Optional course

You can choose from optional courses in a range of disciplines such as:

  • finance
  • marketing
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • decision analytics
  • organisation studies
  • business analytics
  • organising for social change
  • business economics
  • business simulation

German

Your language skills in German will be further developed in writing, translation and grammar, including oral language practicals. You will also study German literature and culture, choosing at least two courses from a suite of options. These are likely to include:

  • Researching Disability in German Literature & Society
  • Sexualities on the German Screen (title to be confirmed)
  • Culture, Modernity and the City in the Weimar Republic
  • Reading Antisemitism in Modern German Literature
  • The Contemporary Short Story in German
  • Migration in German-Language Discourse

Year 3

As you progress to Honours level, you will spend your third year abroad at a partner university or business school in a German-speaking country.

You will complete and pass a full year of examinable subjects, the majority (60% of your credits) of which will be business courses taught and examined in French and including language development courses. You will also take an equivalent compulsory course in Strategic Management at the partner university.

You will start the preparation for your Dissertation (in Year 4) by submitting your Dissertation research proposal and you will be allocated a Dissertation Advisor.

Applying to study abroad is a competitive process and in order to be offered a place, you will need a strong academic performance in Year 1 with a minimum first year average of 55-60%.

Year 4

Your Management Honours Dissertation is central to year 4. You will conduct an independent research project on a topic of your choosing that is closely linked to your degree programme.

Your Dissertation will give you the opportunity to develop skills such as:

  • advanced project management
  • critical-thinking skills
  • cognitive skills
  • analytical skills
  • creativity
  • evaluative and written communication skills
  • developing, building and presenting arguments to a wider audience

You will be allocated a Dissertation advisor who will offer advice and guidance throughout your Management Honours Dissertation. You can also attend Dissertation support sessions and hangouts where you can:

  • share your experiences
  • learn from each other
  • get timely advice form the Dissertation team

You will choose at least three more specialist Honours courses in key areas of international business or one or two Honours courses in other subject areas.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2021/22)

Our facilities

The Business School is located in a dedicated Business School building in George Square, in the middle of the central campus.

All business teaching takes place across the central campus. However, you may be required (based on your course selection) to travel to the King’s Buildings if you are studying courses in Science and Engineering.

You will have access to:

  • specialist business resources in the central Main Library (books, journals, databases)
  • dedicated student experience and student development support

For specialist business analytics, business research and finance related courses, we have dedicated teaching labs (and associated software and databases). We also have our own Business School Cafe.

German groups and societies

There are plenty of opportunities to practice your German socially, such as:

  • a German Society
  • writing for our creative writing magazine, Babble

Study abroad

Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the global business dimension, and the cultures and languages of the individual markets we deal with. The year abroad is compulsory for International Business with German students.

To be inspired, read stories by Edinburgh students about their experiences abroad:

Student experiences abroad

You will spend Year 3 studying abroad at a partner university in a German-speaking country. You will complete and pass a full year of examinable subjects (equivalent to 120 credits). The majority of these (60% of your credits) will be business courses taught and examined in German and including language development courses.

Business School partner universities (subject to change)

The benefits of studying abroad

Living and studying abroad will give you the opportunity to try new things such as:

  • learning a language
  • taking on new challenges
  • enhancing your academic perspective
  • visiting new places
  • meeting new people

Your self-confidence will improve and you will develop valuable skills for the future, all of which are highly valued by employers.

You will need a strong academic performance in Year 1 (minimum first-year average 55 to 60%) to be offered a place at one of our partner universities/business schools.

How will I learn?

You will experience a variety of different teaching and learning methods including:

  • lectures (led by a lecturer or guest speaker, with usually a large number of students attending at one time)
  • computer laboratories (smaller groups of students attending to learn software packages and data interpretation and analysis)
  • workshops (smaller groups of students working with a tutor on particular practical problem-based learning)
  • tutorials (tutors engaging small groups of students in discussion and analysis, and where you might undertake peer group projects and presentations)
  • one-to-one meetings with course lecturers/tutors/directors of studies
  • independent learning throughout your studies (in particular for your Honours dissertation research)

You will be taught by:

  • experienced subject-specific lecturers
  • industry professionals
  • research-led academics
  • internationally renowned guest speakers

We have a number of leading academics who have designed and developed courses specific to their research, particularly at Years 3 and 4.

Support for learning

We offer a motivating and encouraging environment where you can grow and develop as an independent learner.

You will be allocated a personal tutor in your first year and they will guide and support you throughout your studies, and our dedicated student experience team also offer an extensive range of pastoral and professional provision to ensure your personal and academic well-being.

We also have an excellent peer support service who can help you develop your study skills. The university offers a ‘one-stop shop’ – EdHelp – where you can get help and advice on everything from finance to counselling, accommodation, and accessing IT and library resources.

EdHelp

Teaching during Covid-19

We are delivering hybrid teaching for on-campus students during the 2020-2021 academic year. Our teaching model for 2021-2022 will depend on Covid-19 restrictions at the time. We will provide you with regular updates on what to expect throughout the application process.

How will I be assessed?

Courses are assessed by a diverse and innovative range of methods and often take the form of formative work, which provides you with on-going feedback, as well as summative assessment, on which your final course grade is achieved.

Some of the assessment methods you may experience are:

  • blogs (written and/or video)
  • business plan and/or feasibility analysis
  • case study analysis
  • computer-based timed assignments
  • consultancy reports
  • reflective diaries/journals
  • essays
  • exams – these might be closed book, multiple choice, oral (group or individual), short questions, seen case study/unseen exam question, open book, timed submission, etc.
  • pitches
  • portfolios (paper and/or online)
  • posters
  • presentations (face-to-face/video; group and individual)
  • projects (group and individual)
  • technical workshops
  • workbooks
  • the dissertation

Many of your assessments will involve industry engagement, real case examples, and practical solutions to contemporary business problems.

A very small number of courses are assessed using only a single, written examination or coursework assignment. Most courses employ two or more different forms of assessment, and a growing number combine both individual and group-based activities to develop both subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills.

International Business graduates are highly valued by employers across the world and graduates of our programmes are highly sought after by a wide range of employers.

Our graduates secure employment in a diverse range of fields, the most popular being:

  • accountancy
  • management
  • consulting
  • finance
  • marketing
  • human resources

During your time as a student in the Business School and following graduation, the Careers Service will help you fully develop your potential and achieve your future goals.

Careers Service

German is the official language of seven European countries and provinces. The language plays an important role in communications in many other countries, particularly in central and eastern Europe. German speakers are highly sought after by British employers, particularly those with links to the German economy, the fourth largest in the world. In 2019, German overtook French as the language most sought-after by employers*.

In Year 1, if you are studying on our post-A Level/Higher German course, you will do a project in which you interview a German native speaker working in Edinburgh or Glasgow. This will give you the opportunity to:

  • practise professional communication
  • explore the value of languages in the workplace
  • gain insights into possible career options

  • As reported by The Independent in April 2019 citing jobs website Indeed. Indeed also said vacancies specifying German language skills have increased by more than a tenth over the past three years, and that there's been a slight increase in overall demand for linguists.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAAA-AAAA (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: Mathematics at B, a language other than English at B, and English at C.
  • A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: Mathematics at B or 6, a language other than English at B or 6 and English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English and a language other than English at 5, and either Mathematics at 5 or Mathematical Studies at 6.

Additional requirements

Language requirement

For degrees that have a subject requirement of a language other than English, students may not use their own native language to meet this requirement. In these instances, English or an alternative language other than native will be acceptable.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 7.0 with 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 100 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 185 with 169 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

As this degree is very popular, we strongly recommend that international students apply by 15 January 2022 as we can't guarantee to consider all applications after this date.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA International Business with German

Additional costs

As studying abroad in Year 3 is a compulsory part of your degree programme, your costs will vary depending on the country/partner university. Additional costs may include:

  • insurance
  • visa requirements
  • accommodation
  • internet access
  • travel

In Year 4 you will undertake a Dissertation as a compulsory assessment component. Depending on the field of study you choose, there may be costs associated with:

  • undertaking surveys
  • travel
  • conducting interviews

Details of student living costs

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding