Module code: MANM472

Module Overview

The module is available as an alternative to the Placement module offered on the MSc programme that a student is enrolled in.

The Study Abroad module supports students’ academic, personal and professional development as global citizens preparing for a borderless career that requires cross-cultural awareness, ability to collaborate with international partners and navigate different business systems and complex international work arrangements.

The Study Abroad module is concerned with holistic academic and non-academic learning. Additionally, the module aims to enable students to evidence and evaluate their study abroad experiences and transfer that learning to other situations.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

LOO Benaliza (SBS)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 600

Module Availability

Crosses academic years

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The module focuses on achieving the learning outcomes by offering students a chance to complement their Surrey experience with a bespoke study-abroad experience at one of our Partner Universities.

It is designed to give students the opportunity to develop advanced academic knowledge and skills as well as sophisticated professional skills that are required of individuals aspiring to international careers. Students will benefit from comprehensive personal and professional development, honing their professional identity, competencies and attributes that support their future employability and career outcomes.

Students need to take 30 ECTS credits consistent with their level 7 study at a partner university. A minimum of 7.5 ECTS must be in the language or general culture of the country of the hosting institution (as long as it’s not English or the student’s native language); up to 7.5 ECTS can be a credit bearing internship offered by the hosting institution; all other modules must be in business, economics, management, accounting, finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, human resources, business analytics, and related subjects.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Various assessment types undertaken at the partner institution Pass/Fail
Coursework Final Report 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of all learning outcomes:

  Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Study Exchange

Students must attempt and pass the agreed number of credits at the partner institution in order to successfully meet the requirements of the module.

  • Final Report

Completed at the end of their study exchange, this report requires students to critically reflect on their academic, personal and professional development. Students will also take account of their inter-cultural learning, any language capabilities they may have acquired from studying in a non-native language and reflections on how the study exchange has enhanced their career prospects.

In case a student fails short of the requirement to pass the agreed number of credits at the partner institution, they will be required to take an oral exam based on their final report. This will be a pass/fail type of assessment.

The requirements of the partner institution are applied to any aspect of formative assessment and feedback.

Module aims

  • Enable students to expand and deepen specialist knowledge in a discipline related to their Surrey Masters degree.
  • Enable students to complement their degree with an immersive learning experience in an international environment and increase their cross-cultural awareness and language skills.
  • Enable students to develop their global outlook and professional skills that are required of a person working in an international context.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Work confidently and effectively in international contexts. CPT
002 Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness, intellectual dexterity and emotional intelligence in relation to studying and working in an international context. CKPT
003 Comprehend a new cultural, economic, and business context efficiently and accurately. CKPT
004 Identify key academic, personal and professional objectives in relation to study abroad. CKPT
005 Evaluate their academic, personal and professional development. CKPT
006 Use the information/knowledge gained from studying abroad to inform their career aims and strategies. CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The learning and teaching methods are predicated on the requirements of the institutional partner.

Where relevant, the academic mentoring, coaching and assessment role of partner institutions are focused on ensuring that students achieve the learning outcomes for the module; these relate to (1) academic, personal and professional development, (2) evaluation of study abroad learning and (3) transfer of study abroad learning.

The partner institution is encouraged to support students’ critical self-reflection and learning.

The assessment of students’ academic attainment for the study element of the placement year is as per the requirements of the partner institution.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

This module promotes four of the main Student Competency Framework Pillars as follows:


The module is designed to equip students with the capability of identifying and solving problems in an international context. Most importantly, students will learn how to develop independent and critical thinking, which is relevant for almost any career they would like to purse.

Resourcefulness & Resilience

The process of studying abroad will enable the students to develop their own resources. Their resilience can also be enhanced by solving the difficulties and challenges in the exchange process. The staff members will support students when needed.

Global and cultural Intelligence

Students will have the opportunity to integrate into student life in different contexts and to work with a colleagues from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Analytics MSc Cross Year Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Management MSc Cross Year Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Digital Marketing MSc Cross Year Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Strategic Marketing MSc Cross Year Compulsory Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2025/6 academic year.