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

2019

This programme is no longer available for entry in January 2019. We are still accepting applications for entry in January 2020.

Develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, 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.

2019

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 behaviour, management, and sustainability of organisations 
  • the processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations 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).

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:

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 organisations 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 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 list of modules outlined below 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. For a breakdown of the module content and assessment, please visit the Pre-master's GDip webpages.

Compulsory subject modules:

PREM6005 - Fundamentals of International Business
PREM6007 - Strategic Approaches in Business
PREM6008 - International Business: Extended Study
PREM6010 - Principles and Practices of Operations Management

Optional subject modules:

PREM6004: The Psychology of the Work Environment
PREM6006: Approaches to Leadership and Management
PREM6009: Marketing in the 21st Century

Compulsory skills modules:

PREM6012 - The English of Management Studies I
PREM6013 - The English of Management Studies II
OR
PREM6003 - Independent Research Skills


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 on-line
  • presentations
  • project reports

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, 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 organisations 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:

  • organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed; the    dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations 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 behaviour, management, and sustainability of organisations 
  • the processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations 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 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 transferrable skills:

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

Careers

Students progress to studying at Master’s level in the areas of business, management and finance.

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

Equivalent of an honours degree from a 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, 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.  Please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

English language entry requirements

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

Staff research interests

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Funding

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