International Business BA (Hons)

Overview

Global markets, a worldwide supply chain, an international talent pool – the business world crosses national boundaries and provides many opportunities to travel, and experience and understand different cultures.

On this professionally accredited BA (Hons) International Business degree course, you’ll learn to meet the challenges facing global business managers and customers. You’ll experience living, working and studying at 1 or 2 of our international partner institutions in locations such as America, Canada, Europe, the Far East and Australia. You'll also learn about global markets and form an international network of contacts, which will enhance your CV.

This course is a springboard to pursue a global career overseas or with an internationally focused UK organisation. Roles you could take on include commercial officer, corporate financial specialist, account director, project manager, data analyst and more.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you’ll:

  • Get experience of another culture by studying for a year at a partner university in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe or the Far East
  • Tailor your degree by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Deal with topics that affect international business today, such as developing businesses across borders, dealing with business issues on an international basis, and cross-cultural management
  • Have the opportunity to do a paid year-long work placement abroad in year 3

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Business Accounting – 20 credits

In this module, you'll study accounting as it relates to the financial management of a business entity.

Business Innovation Development Project – 0 credits

In this module you'll explore and develop business skills (entrepreneurial and employability) through a simulated-working group project.

Business Operations and Systems Management – 20 credits

On this module, you'll develop knowledge and understanding of the role and process of operations management in contemporary business.

Economics for Business – 20 credits

In this module, you'll study the key concepts of economics, as they relate to business.

International Exchange Workshops – 0 credits

Moving abroad is a big step so on this module you'll receive help to select where you choose to study, and get the necessary skills and support when you're away.

Managing People in Organisations – 20 credits

On this module you'll study the relationship between theory and practice within an organisational context.

Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop key graduate skills. These include diagrammatical and numerical communication skills, numerical understanding, statistical analysis, quantitative data analysis, problem solving and logic skills, and IT/Information skills. 

Year 2

Optional modules

Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship – 20 credits

This module introduces you to the field of entrepreneurship, including the creation of independent new business, and the formation of corporate and social enterprises.

Customer Relationship Management – 20 credits

In this module you'll get an understanding of how to use Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems to acquire and keep customers.

Human Resources For The Professional – 20 credits

In this module you'll get an introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM), and an understanding of typical HR activities from a professional and practical perspective.

Innovation Management – 20 credits

In this module you'll study issues around the successful development of new products and services.

Intermediate Economics – 20 credits

This module will give you an understanding of key concepts of economic theory at an intermediate level.

International Business – 20 credits

On this module you'll study the core concepts and theories relating to the internationalisation of business.

Managerial And Decision Economics – 20 credits

In this module you'll get an understanding of the main principles and theories relevant to the study of managerial and decision economics.

Procurement And Supply – 20 credits

In this module, you'll study the procurement and supply management process in depth.

Professional Selling – 20 credits

In this module you'll study academic theory supporting the practice of selling.

Public Relations – 20 credits

In this module you'll study the discipline of Public Relations, and get an understanding of how it's applied in organisations.

Year 3

Core modules

Global Business Sustainability and Responsibility – 20 credits

In this module you'll examine the themes of economic globalisation, sustainability and their interconnections.

Strategic and International Management – 20 credits

In this module, you'll learn to think like strategy practitioners in the global environment.

Business and Law Undergraduate Work Placement – 0 credits

In this module you'll do an approved work placement, ending in the submission of work for assessment and and the option to receive a Certificate of Professional Practice from the faculty of Business and Law.

Optional modules

Business Consultancy Project – 20 credits

In this module, you'll work in a small team with 4–5 other students as a consultant on projects with local organisations.

Business Forecasting and Data Analysis – 20 credits

This module introduces you to key concepts and techniques for analysing business data.

Business Improvement and Creativity – 20 credits

On this module, you'll examine factors that contribute to sustainable and resilient Organisational Excellence (OE) within complex and rapidly changing business environments.

Business Intelligence – 20 credits

On this module, you'll examine how companies can analyse data to build an 'Intelligent Enterprise'.

Business Research Project – 40 credits

In this module, you'll develop a dissertation, based on secondary sources, on a topic of your choice directly relevant to your degree.

Business Systems Masterclass – 20 credits

In this module you'll improve your employability for careers related to Business Information Systems.

Contemporary Issues in Product and Service Development – 20 credits

On this module you'll focus on the management of new product/service development processes within firms.

Critical Leadership: Theory And Practice – 20 credits

This module explores the theory and practice of leaders and leadership.

Cross Cultural Awareness for Business – 20 credits

This module develops your prior knowledge and understanding of national (macro-level) culture and its potential effects in business.

Dissertation – 40 credits

In this module you'll engage in academic research, from thinking about your research question to engaging in fieldwork and writing a research project.

Financial Statement and Data Analysis – 20 credits

In this module you'll get a better understanding of publicly available financial data and be able to interpret its meaning from a shareholder perspective.

Management and Information Systems – 20 credits

In this module you'll study the need for a strategic approach to information systems.

Managing Equality and Diversity at Work – 20 credits

In this module you'll develop your knowledge and understanding of workplace issues relating to discrimination and inequality.

Money, Banking and Finance – 20 credits

In this module you'll be introduced to key features of the monetary and financial markets and the banking sector.

Operations Strategy And The Supply Chain – 20 credits

On this module you'll study the role of the operations function in services based and manufacturing based organisations.

People Resourcing and Talent Management – 20 credits

On this module you'll explore and analyse the people resourcing and talent management (PRTM) techniques and methods used by organisations to effectively resource the right people at the right time, in the right place, at the right cost.

Project Management For Enterprise – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop your business project management skills.

Responsible And Sustainable Business – 20 credits

On this module you'll be introduced to the fundamental concepts, views and practices of responsible and sustainable business.

Sales Management – 20 credits

In this module you'll develop your understanding of the latest theory and academic thinking in the sale profession as well as practical transferable skills.

Trends in Technology – 20 credits

In this module you'll investigate new developments in technology, and the impact they might have on marketing activity.

Work Based Learning – 40 credits

If you chose an industrial placement in the previous year, you can take this module.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • practical sessions

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • analysis of topical case studies
  • written reports and essays
  • presentations
  • practical projects, such as small websites or systems

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You'll be particularly suited to work in multinational organisations.

What can you do with an International Business degree?

Previous students have gone on to work in:

  • business consultancy
  • international project management
  • international sales
  • financial risk analysis
  • regional management

What jobs can you do with an International Business degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • commercial officer GKN Westland
  • corporate financial specialist for Accenture Ltd
  • account director for UMD Media in Finland
  • pilot for Astraits Ltd
  • stock loss project manager for Excel Ltd

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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