International Pathways

Pre-Master's Graduate Diploma (GDip) programme for international students

Our January-start Pre-Master's in Business, Management and Finance enables you to gain a Graduate Diploma (GDip) and qualify for entry onto a selection of postgraduate business degree programmes in the following academic year.

It offers you the opportunity to develop your independent study and research skills through a combination of subject-specific modules. In addition, you will have the opportunity to improve your English language proficiency with our English and academic skills modules.

Programme Structure

Our Pre-Master's includes a combination of subject-specific modules and modules in English for Specific Academic Purposes. The programme is delivered by Kent International Pathways in the Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL). The structure has been uniquely designed in order to prepare you for postgraduate study in your chosen field.

Core Subject Modules (these must be taken):

LA530 Fundamentals of International Business

Synopsis
This module provides a critical introduction to the main theories and debates in International Business and uses these theoretical approaches to explain core phenomena in international business. Among the areas that will be considered are: international economic transactions, including trade theories and national competitiveness; key theories in relation to MNEs, including internationalisation and eclectic theories, and monopolistic advantages; the international business environment including institutional theory, resource dependence and evolutionary theory; an analysis of the growth and decline of MNEs, including stages model, network theory, market entry/expansion modes.

Method of assessment:
Essay (1,800 words, 40%)
Assessed seminar (20 minutes, 20%)
Case Study analysis (1,800 words, 40%)

LA532 Strategic Approaches in Business

Synopsis
The module provides a broad understanding of strategy and strategic management as a sound foundation upon which further strategic analysis and exploration of strategic issues can be built.  It introduces students to the key vocabulary, concepts and frameworks of strategic management and establishes criteria for assessing whether or not a strategy can be successful. It introduces students to a range of strategic analysis tools for analysing both external and internal environments and to arguments and discussions concerning the validity of such tools and the strategic approaches that result.  Students will learn how to identify strategic issues, develop strategic options to address them and decide which option(s) to recommend. Through theoretical readings and case studies, students will develop an appreciation of strategy in different contexts and from different perspectives and of the complexity of strategic decision-making. 

Method of assessment:
Consultancy report (1,800 words, 40%)
Presentation (10 minutes with questions, 20%)
Two In-Course tests (one online, one written, x 45 minutes each, 20% each)

LA533 International Business: Extended Study

Synopsis
In a world where, increasingly, business and politics are rarely far apart, this module offers a critical analysis of how multinationals select their target markets and modes of entry in the context of an ever-changing global economic climate; how they manage their various functions in an international context, balancing the needs for global integration and local responsiveness respectively.

Method of assessment:
Individual report (1,500 words, 35%)
Seminar/Webinar Preparation (via GLO project) (30%) and Participation 15 minutes (15%) (in collaboration with one of Kent’s overseas partner universities within the Global Learning Online (GLO) framework. Depending on the feasibility of the webinar, an alternative assessment in the form of an assessed seminar is proposed).
In-course Test (unseen 45 minutes, 20%)

LA537 Principles and Practices of Operations Management

Synopsis
Students will be expected to develop the ability to use appropriate techniques of analysis and enquiry within Operations Management and to learn how to evaluate alternatives and make recommendations. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the strategic role of operations and operations strategy on a global scale, their environments and their management including the management of people in a diverse cultural setting, general operations, finance, marketing and organisational strategy. Other topics include, design of processes and the implications for layout and flow, design and management of supply networks and resource planning and management.

Method of assessment:
Essay (1,800 words, 40%),
Assessed seminar (20 minutes, 20%)
Individual presentation (10 minutes with questions, 20%)
In-Course test (unseen, 45 minutes, 20%).

 

Core Skills Modules (dependent on students' language level - decided by the programme manager)

LZ603: The English of Management Studies I

Synopsis
This is a core module intended for students whose first language is not English, and who are on the Graduate Diploma or Pre-Masters in ‘Business Management and Finance’ with a view to carrying on to postgraduate study in business and management. Students will learn how to identify topics for research from their content modules and from professional journals, and to work with these topics in various ways, such as examining the component part of texts (the structure of these, the functional language, the cohesion and the writing style) which will enable them to process and evaluate the content more fully. They will have ongoing guidance and advice on how to conduct research, structure and write essays and reports, in terms of precision in writing, cohesion and coherence. They will actively participate in independent and collaborative work in preparation for the concurrent and future studies in other modules through understanding the learning styles required; this will be through leading and engaging in seminar discussions, giving presentations, writing summaries, essays and reports. Students will be introduced throughout to functional language that will enable them to communicate more effectively.

Method of assessment:
Assessed Seminar - Short research proposal presentation (5-8 minutes with questions, 15%)
First Draft of Final Essay (600 words, 15%)
Final essay (based on feedback obtained from first draft) (2000 words, 50%)
Individual presentation (5-8 minutes with questions, 20%)

LZ604: The English of Management Studies II

Synopsis
This is a core module intended for students whose first language is not English, and who are on the Graduate Diploma in ‘International Management with Management English’ with a view to carrying on to postgraduate study in business and management. Students will learn how to identify topics for research from their content modules and from professional journals, and to work with these topics in various ways, such as examining the component part of texts (the structure of these, the functional language, the cohesion and the writing style) which will enable them to process and evaluate the content more fully. They will have ongoing guidance and advice on how to conduct research for, structure and write essays and reports in terms of precision in writing, cohesion and coherence. They will actively participate in independent and collaborative work in preparation for the concurrent and future studies in other modules through understanding the learning styles required – this will be through leading and engaging in seminar discussions, giving presentations, writing summaries, essays and reports. They will be introduced throughout to functional language that will enable them to communicate more effectively.

Method of assessment:
In-class Test (1 hour, 25%)
Report (2000 words, 50%)
Group Presentation (5-8 minutes with questions 25%)

OR

LA525: Independent Research Skills

Synopsis
The module focuses on the development of skills specific to level 6 study. The aim is to develop and enhance students’ ability to conduct independent in-depth literature searches utilising all the facilities available. Students will need to demonstrate effective planning and time management in order to work independently to plan, design, execute and document research.
Sources found will need to be analysed, evaluated and raise questions in relation to academic papers.  Research leads to writing a research proposal, a literature review and essay, and presenting their research for discussion which they will lead in a seminar. Non-linguistic transferable skills include problem solving, critical thinking, organising and managing independent study time as well as contributing in seminar discussions and tutorials.

Method of assessment:
100% coursework comprising:
Presentation of a research portfolio (20 minutes with questions to follow, 25%)
Literature Review (2000 words, 25%)
Essay (5000 words) (50%)

 

Optional Subject Modules (students must select two of the three modules):

LA529: The Psychology of the Work Environment

Synopsis
This module presents an overview of work psychology - how people behave within a work environment, and why this field is relevant to the understanding and management of people at work (including self-reflection). All too often, organisations focus on their financial profile and implement costly systems to measure performance, yet do not necessarily pay sufficient attention to the management of their employees. This module aims to demonstrate the benefits of having a comprehensive understanding of the role psychology can play in the management of people within contemporary organisations.

Method of assessment:
Individual case study (3,500 words, 80%)
Online test (in-course) to assess knowledge from across the module (40 minutes, 20%)

LA531: Approaches to Leadership and Management

Synopsis
This module aims to introduce students to general leadership and management concepts and strategies (both historical and contemporary), and methods to assess their effectiveness in practice. An analysis of different organisational contexts will be considered and students will be encouraged to debate and challenge the concepts of ‘leadership’ and ‘success’. Students will also be exposed to discussions and argument concerning different approaches to leadership and management, including varying cultural attitudes. Ethical concerns intrinsic to leadership and management will also be considered, particularly within the context of global economic power shifts and increasing environmental pressures.

Method of assessment:
Synthesis essay, (1,800 words, 40%)
Individual presentation (10 minutes plus 5 minutes of questions, 20%)
In-course Test (unseen, 45 minutes each, 20% each)

LA536: Marketing in the 21st Century

Synopsis
Marketing in the 21st Century aims to provide a deeper understanding of the challenges contemporary global organisations face when managing creativity and innovation in a growing global competitive market. Management practices are affected by rapid technological changes, keeping abreast of demographic changes and values to better understand customers, buyer behaviour and researching marketing channels. Segmentation, targeting and positioning, pricing and contemporary issues in marketing are some considerations when developing new marketing strategies to tackle developments through creativity, innovation and new organisational forms.

Method of assessment:
Group presentation, (15 minutes, 20%)
Individual case study or report (2,000 words, 50%)
Individual presentation, (20 minutes, 30%)

 

The above module options are currently under revision and will be updated shortly. Please email pathways@kent.ac.uk for more information.

 

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Last Updated: 08/11/2018