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

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2017

This programme offers you the opportunity to develop your subject knowledge within the field of business, finance and management. You will be able to build your language skills with dedicated modules in the English of Management and develop a broad set of academic skills to prepare you for a Master's degree in Business, Management or Finance.

2017

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. 

You 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 have the opportunity to develop your independent study and research skills through a combination of subject modules within Kent Business School (KBS). Additionally, you have the opportunity to improve your English language competence through dedicated modules offered by Kent International Pathways at the Centre for English and World Languages.

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.

Independent rankings

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 three terms, starting in September. The structure is uniquely designed in order to prepare you for postgraduate study in your chosen field. You take modules in English and Skills for Specific Academic Purposes and then choose a number of modules from your chosen academic specialism.

The course structure below gives you an idea of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change 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. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University. This enables you to customise your programme and explore other subject areas which interest you or which may enhance your employability.

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

Home/EU students

Equivalent of an honours degree from a UK or other approved university in a related subject, or an equivalent professional qualification.

Consideration will be given to applicants holding equivalent qualifications or work experience.

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

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
A level

Not applicable as a first undergraduate degree is required for entry.

GCSE

Although there are no specific requirements for entry to this programme, all entrants are expected to meet the University of Kent's General entry requirements, including those which relate to English language-speaking abilties. 

Access to HE Diploma

Not applicable as a first undergraduate degree is required for entry.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

Not applicable as a first undergraduate degree is required for entry

International students

You will need an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree, or equivalent. 

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

Fees

The 2017/18 tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time

UK/EU fee paying students

The Government has announced changes to allow undergraduate tuition fees to rise in line with inflation from 2017/18.

In accordance with changes announced by the UK Government, we are increasing our 2017/18 regulated full-time tuition fees for new and returning UK/EU fee paying undergraduates from £9,000 to £9,250. The equivalent part-time fees for these courses will also rise from £4,500 to £4,625. This was subject to us satisfying the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework and the access regulator's requirements. This fee will ensure the continued provision of high-quality education.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

View scholarship opportunities for the programme on the Kent International Pathways website.