Advance your career with a postgraduate degree in business

Business education in the UK

Business is one the most popular subjects for students to study at Masters level. It is a highly competitive yet rewarding field for ambitious students who want to become successful graduates.

The UK is one of the most popular destinations globally for students looking to undertake advanced studies in business. This is due to the high-quality teaching and modern, international outlook at the heart of postgraduate degrees in business taught at UK universities.

Why study business in the UK?

There are many reasons that international students choose to study business at a postgraduate level in the UK:

Practical and cutting edge

The UK is at the forefront of modern business and this is reflected in the quality of postgraduate degrees offered in business. UK universities are well placed to lead the way in research, theory and practical application of knowledge.

Strong career prospects

Students studying business at a Masters level in the UK develop transferrable, real-world skills demanded by companies across the world. This gives graduates the competitive edge needed to stand out to future employers and as entrepreneurs.

Flexible learning

There are a wide variety of topics available to study in a postgraduate degree in business, giving students the chance to hone their existing knowledge and develop in a specialist area of interest.

Your pathway to postgraduate study

Study Group offers a pathway programme specifically designed for international students who want to study at Masters level. Our Pre-Master Programme prepares postgraduate-level students to progress to the first year of a Masters degree at a UK university.

  • Teaching students the essential skills to meet the entry requirements and begin their postgraduate studies with more confidence.
  • Offering a tailored combination of academic and English language study modules.

Progression universities

The University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde has a renowned reputation for connections to business, industry and government. The University is situated in the heart of Glasgow, one of Scotland’s largest city.

The state-of-the-art Strathclyde Business School is one of just 89 business schools in the world to hold triple accreditation by AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS (MBA Today News 2018). Following a £23 million refurbishment, the faculty now boasts a specialist centre for excellence which houses teaching, learning and research facilities.

Key facts

A five-star rated university
(QS Stars University Ratings 2017-20)
City campus
High subject rankings:
#1 Accounting and Finance; #2 Marketing; #6 Business and Management Studies (The Complete University Guide 2019)
In 2018, 99% of International Study Centre students who completed their course were offered a place to study at the University of Strathclyde.
Pathway programmes available:

Academic: Recognised first degree in a related field

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall (with minimum 5.5 in all areas)*

English for Pre-Masters: If you do not have the required level of English language to start the Pre- Masters, you can take an English for Pre-Masters course at the International Study Centre before you start your academic programme.

For direct entry to our Pre-Masters Programme, we can now accept the following qualifications as part of the English assessment: Pearson, TOEFL, Cambridge Business and Cambridge Main Suite.


  • 2018/19: £8,850 (2 term)
  • 2019/20: £9,120 (2 term)


Pre-Masters Programme: January or April

English for Pre-Masters: January or September

Kingston University, London

Kingston University, London is the university of choice for many aspiring entrepreneurs. It is one of the top universities in the UK for graduate start-ups (Annual Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey 2016), due to its focus on practical career-lead learning and developing industry links.

Kingston University’s Business School was rated ‘excellent’ for teaching by the Higher Education Funding Council and was the first in the world to be awarded triple accreditation by the Association of MBAs. Thanks to its location just 25 minutes from Central London, students get first-hand experience of what it’s like to work in a global business hub.

You can also save time and money with a combined visa. It will help you transition smoothly to your postgraduate degree, giving you the opportunity to study our Pre-Masters course and your Masters degree with one visa.

Key facts

Awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB
(Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
City campus
The top university in the country for graduate start-ups
(HE Business and Community Interaction survey)
Career-focused learning
Pathway programmes available:


Recognised higher/advanced diploma in a related subject area, or recognised degree in related field or honours degree in any subject. Check country-specific requirements.

English language level: 

Academic IELTS 5.5 (with no component less than 4.5) or equivalent

English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters Programme:

If you have IELTS 5.0 (with no component less than 4.5), or equivalent, you will need one term of English Language Preparation prior to starting your Pre-Masters Programme.


2 terms

  • 2018/19: £9,270
  • 2019/20: £9,500

English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters Programme

  • 2018/19: £4,339
  • 2019/20: £4,500


January and April

English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters Programme

  • September: prior to starting your academic programme in January
  • January: prior to starting your academic programme in April

Lancaster University

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) has a strong reputation as one of the top 10 business schools in the UK. Students will benefit from the expertise of a breadth of respected academics and have the opportunity to study topics shaped by contemporary issues.

Lancaster University was ranked 7th for Business Studies in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and ranked 8th in Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian University Guide 2019. The University is also one of the few business schools in the world to hold triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

State-of-the-art facilities and innovative study spaces reflect Lancaster’s status as a globally-leading Management School.

Key facts

Ranked in the top ten in all three major UK league tables in 2019
Quadruple accredited by the AACSB, EQUIS, the Association of MBAs and the Small Business Charter
3rd in the UK for employability in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
Awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework
Pathway programmes available:


Successfully completed appropriate first qualifications in own country

English language:

Academic IELTS 5.5 or above in all 4 components, or equivalent


Three terms

  • 2018/19: £17,500
  • 2019/20: £17,500


September or January

Careers in business

Business graduates are highly sought after by employers. Your broad knowledge and expertise developed during your studies give you an advantage when applying to graduate training schemes. The skills you gain on a business management degree will allow you to start contributing to your employer's organisation quickly and effectively.

Job opportunities

This 2016/17 DLHE shows that 58% of economics graduates and 70.7% of marketing graduates are in full-time employment six months after completing their degree.

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Business adviser
  • Business analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Forensic accountant
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Risk manager
  • Stockbroker
  • Supply chain manager.

University preparation with Study Group

Study Group helps international students reach their goals by matching them to the right course at the right university. It offers a range of pathway programmes at respected universities to prepare students for international study and beyond. Study Group supports students at all stages of the student journey, from application and visa support at home to English language and subject-specific tuition when they reach their chosen UK university.

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