International Study Centre

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Business, Management and Finance

Study Business, Management and Finance

The Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Humanities, Science and Engineering (Business, Management and Finance) provides a route to a variety of related postgraduate degrees at the University of Sussex. There are two lengths of study available. You can choose from a 2-semester or 1-semester option of this programme, depending on entry requirements.

Why study with us?

There are many reasons why you may want to study this preparational programme and have the opportunity to progress to a range of postgraduate degrees. These include:

  • The University’s Business School is ranked 1st in the UK for Business and Management research income 2020/21 (Chartered Association of Business Schools)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Business and Economics (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2024)
  • Access to the Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, located in the Business School, and to Thomson Reuters service platforms. This allows you to take part in real-time financial and trading simulations supervised by academic and industry experts.
  • Selected courses are accredited by professional bodies like Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA), Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) upon successfully completed the accredited degree.

What you’ll study

During your programme you will study a combination of academic modules, specific to your pathway, and compulsory modules.

Core modules

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide. You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

This module introduces you to key academic skills by inviting you to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary fashion on a group project. You will study a range of skills targeted towards introductory postgraduate-level research, using key literature. By focusing on a series of key texts, you will learn how to analyse language and structure in academic literature and place this effectively into a larger context. The module culminates in group poster presentations, allowing you to present the research you have undertaken throughout the semester.

*This module is applicable to 2-semester programme only.

This module facilitates your learning about your post-Master's vocation or studies. Through targeted and focused supervision, you will undertake individual research projects into your prospective future work or studies and what skills will be required for you to succeed.

Pathway modules

This module will provide you with a deeper understanding of the role of leaders and managers within international business. The module will provide the knowledge and skills to understand the complex nature of leadership within a geo and socio-cultural context and explore how global businesses maintain or lose their competitive advantage. 

This module will provide you with a deeper knowledge of marketing from both an academic and practitioner's perspective. It will enable you to address marketing challenges in critical and creative ways. You will develop skills to think innovatively and strategically in the creation of successful products and services.

The main purpose of this module is to introduce you to concepts relating to the creation of financial and management accounting information and the use of such information in decision making in business and to equip you with a range of models for managerial decision-making. The module also introduces you to theories relating to financial and management accounting for planning and decision making and deals with how these theories might differ from what might happen in practice.  

This module will introduce you to concepts relating to financing and investment decision-making in business. You will explore a range of models for managerial decision-making and learn about the importance of financial management and investment models in the decision-making processes for financial managers.

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How to apply

Ready to apply? Discover how to submit an application and learn more about fees, semester dates and entry requirements.

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University of Sussex International Study Centre

Develop skills to change the world at the University of Sussex International Study Centre. Improve your English, develop your academic skills, and grow the confidence you need to succeed in your degree.

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English language courses

Improve your English skills with one of our Online English language courses designed to support international students studying a pathway programme at the International Study Centre.

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