Taught course

Business, Finance and Sport

University of Stirling · University of Stirling

Entry requirements

Pass in an undergraduate degree in any academic subject or Diploma (3–5 years) with high grades in any academic subject. IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent. INTO University of Stirling London accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELT) including Pearson PTE

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

A full-time academic programme, the Graduate Diploma incorporates English language skills, academic study skills, postgraduate research skills, subject-specific content and an understanding of the UK education system – everything that is required for successful university study at a postgraduate level.

The programme provides a grounding in subject content with relevant English language and research skills. You will conduct a research project and dissertation as part of the programme.

You will study the following core modules:

English for Graduate Study

Most students take the full 40 credit module, depending on English language levels. The four key skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking are covered. Academic skills, such as sourcing materials efficiently is also included alongside preparation for various learning environments such seminars and discussion sessions.

Academic Skills and ICT for Postgraduate Study

Topics covered include: learning styles and self-appraisal; improving one’s learning and performance; advanced digital literacy; application of numeracy skills; advanced reading and comprehension skills; originality and independence; analysing, critiquing and synthesising argument; and qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Extended Project and Research Skills

The project module will draw upon the research methods required at postgraduate level and all academic skills gained during this programme. Students will focus on the proposed subject area for study at postgraduate level, allowing for a more in-depth knowledge using a problem-solving approach. You will advised and supported by your tutor throughout.

You will study the following specialist modules:

Empirical Enquiry and Critical Thought

This module covers the relationship of theoretical models to empirical studies, the ways in which primary supporting data is collected and analysed, and the philosophical grounds of rationalism and empiricism. Students will learn to examine the reliability of sources and to distinguish between good and poor reasoning. This will include some work in elementary formal logic, touching upon key fallacies and their detection. Group discussion and written assessments will allow students to develop skills in analysis, critical thinking, debating and essay writing.

Management and Organisation

This module addresses the key principles of marketing theory and their application. It offers an introduction to marketing practices, and a critical engagement with relevant academic research and case study material. The module provides a foundation for further study, and utilises case studies as well as up-to-date academic research and practice.

Quantitative Methods in Business and Social Sciences

The module builds on core mathematics (beginning with a revision of basic algebraic methods) and focuses on the solving of economic problems, relating these to applications in the real world. These ideas are then further developed to cover more advanced mathematical concepts, including linear and non-linear functions, single variable calculus and calculus of several variables.

The module also covers basic statistical methods used by economists. This will include data presentation, descriptive statistics, basic regression analysis, time series and elementary probability theory.

Grades from the Graduate Diploma programme do not count towards your degree, but help the University to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree programme.

Assessment is both formal and informal. Assessment of your academic aptitude will be based on written assignments, group work, project work, presentations and examinations. You will also be required to submit a research project and extended dissertation. Assessment of your English language and communication skills will be based on written assignments, presentations, interviews and examinations.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
£15, 995.00

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

INTO University of Stirling London Admissions