Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

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

International Business encompasses the study of public, private and not-for-profit organisations, both small and large, their management practices and processes, and the changing external, and increasingly global, environment in which they operate.

You will specialise in international business in Year 2 and examine different types of foreign market entry strategy and the world trade regime and 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.

International Business with German is a specialist programme within the MA Business programme portfolio and is designed to address the growing internationalisation and globalisation of business. More people speak German as their native language than any other in Europe. German speakers are highly sought after by British employers, particularly those with links to the German economy, the fourth largest in the world.

Through the Year 3 exchange programme, you will study abroad and experience at first hand different cultures and approaches and develop your understanding of the international environment. For students with good language skills, this will include foreign language study in Germany.

To participate in our study abroad programme, you will need to achieve an average mark of at least 55 per cent in Year 1 to be eligible to study abroad in Year 3.

Accreditation

This programme holds double accreditation from international ranking bodies:

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

Year 1

You will study Global Challenges for Business and The Business of Edinburgh which introduce key concepts of management and business including strategy, finance, marketing and the management of people.

You will also study an accounting course, a course in German, as well as one course option in another subject area, subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

Year 2

You will study Business Research Methods I: Introduction to Data Analysis, International Business courses, and a course in German.

You may choose one or more options from the following business courses:

  • Organisational Behaviour; Business Economics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Applications of Finance
  • HR Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analytics and Information Systems

  • Fundamentals of Programming for Business Applications

  • Business Simulation
  • Organising for Social Change: Creating Value and Impact

Alternatively, you may also choose one option course in another subject area of your choice subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

Year 3

You must spend Year 3 abroad at a partner university in Germany, completing and passing a full year's diet of examinable subjects in business (equivalent to 120 credits), the majority (60% of your credits) of which must be undertaken and examined in German.

All students must complete and pass an equivalent course to the Year 3 compulsory course Strategic Management.

You will also study further specialist courses in business or option courses in other subject areas of your choice.

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

You will choose a minimum of three courses in international business or strategy, or an international business oriented dissertation and one international business designated course.

You will also study further specialist courses in business or option courses in other subject areas of your choice subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

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 (2020/21)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place in the Central Area of the University. As well as the University's excellent computing and audiovisual resources, support services and social spaces, there are also world-leading collections, including significant German holdings in the Main University Library and National Library of Scotland. There are plenty of opportunities to practice your German socially, from a German Society to an annual German play and writing for our creative writing magazine, Babble.

Study abroad

You must spend Year 3 abroad at a partner university in Germany, completing and passing a full year's diet of examinable subjects in business (equivalent to 120 credits), the majority (60% of your credits) of which must be undertaken and examined in German.

To participate in our study abroad programme, you will need to achieve an average mark of at least 55 per cent in Year 1 to be eligible to study abroad in Year 3.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical exercises and computer-based learning.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on presentations, reports, essays, exams and individual and group projects.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from 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 details (2020/21)

A key aim of our programmes is to combine academic knowledge with transferable skills in order to enhance employability.

Business graduates are highly valued by employers across the world. Our business-related programmes will help you develop the necessary personal and professional competences required to work across a range of roles central to contemporary business.

An official language of seven European countries and provinces, German also 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. Seven out of 10 businesses in the UK value foreign language skills in their employees, and 47 per cent of them rate German as useful for their business, placing it ahead of Spanish and Mandarin.

You will have a choice of careers open to you, including management, consulting, finance, marketing and human resources.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA-AABB by the end of S5 or AAAA-AAAB by the end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.(Revised 08/04/2020 from AAAA-AAAB and to include alternate grades to be achieved by end of S6.)
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB. (Revised 08/04/2020 from A*AA - ABB)
  • IB: 43 points with 776 at HL - 39 points with 666 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

*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)

As this degree is very popular, we strongly recommend that international students apply by 15 January 2021 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

There is a compulsory study abroad period in Year 3 and costs will vary depending on your destination. In Year 4 you will undertake a dissertation and, depending on the field of study you choose, there may be costs associated with undertaking surveys and conducting interviews.

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